Written December 14, 2012
Although not quite up to par with the trilogy, The Hobbit still delivers a solid 3 hours of exciting, nostalgic entertainment back through Middle Earth- this time through the eyes of Bilbo Baggins. Beautiful cinematography, exciting 3D effects, intense action sequences, and a thundering soundtrack wrapped into the LOTR's original look & feel are the highlights of the film- with a 10-minute scene of a stunningly beautiful Cate Blanchett reprising her role as Galadriel to boot... *** That said, the storytelling is a bit slow and awkward at times- often seeming more like a Wonderful World of Disney film than a Peter Jackson blockbuster, per say. But, it never idles or stagnates on those scenes and quickly moves past them to keep the audience enthralled. Overall, The Hobbit is still a must-see for die-hard LOTR fans; a should-see for moderately interested fans; and a maybe for those indifferent to sitting 3.5 hours in the theater for trolls, goblins, and fire-breathing dragons.
Written November 01, 2014
The hobbit has a special place for me, it's the first real book I remember reading and so it has a sentimental touch. An Unexpected Journey is a great film. It has a much lighter tone than LotR but that is in keeping with the source material. I was especially surprised how the numerous songs which filled the book were actually included in a fairly seamless manner. Some parts with goblins and orcs may be a bit frightening for small children.
As you may expect from the length, there are several scenes not from the book. Mostly additional back story and scenes to tie this movie back to the LotR. There was a bit too much shakey cam during action scenes but the overall effect was fine.
I saw it in IMAX 3D. IMAX was worth it, the 3D was good but not necessary.
Written March 31, 2015
I read "The Hobbit" in the '70s. It was a pleasure to see this film of the book. It visualizes the story dramatically. The actual images of the monsters here are just amazing. I don't recall the details of the author J.R.R. Tolkien's descriptions of them, but my imaginations could never have invented what director Peter Jackson and his crew have crafted. It is just fascinating fantasy! It will hold your attention all the way.
I look forward to seeing the other parts of the book which are still in production!
The action scenes were thrilling. The 3D experience was at times like being on a roller coaster! Everybody will really enjoy it. I think it would be too intense for small children, but everyone else will really enjoy the ride.
Be aware that this is the first film of three and that an ending to the story is yet to come. I think the book was only two parts.
Written December 15, 2012
I first must admit I have been a JRR Tolkien fan since I read the hobbit when I was ten (I'm 50 now) While a movie can never capture or match the essence and words of the author or the imagination of the reader, I found the move very enjoyable and captured the sense of adventure, joy and action of the book. I found that it retained some of the humor and depth of the book. For some it may seem to start out slowly but I enjoyed how it built some backstory to some of the characters.
I think the PG13 rating is deserved as the fight scenes can be overwhelming as in the Lord of The Rings trilogy however it does not contain the gore that you find overwhelmingly some action films today. However such action is part of the essence of the book as the group journey's to their goal. If you like 3D, it is a must see in that format.
I'm looking forward to the sequel and completion of the "Journey" as Bilbo has many advenures yet to come.......
Written May 22, 2015
So I have seen the Hobbit in both standard HFR 3D in a normal theater and now also in a brand new (only 2 weeks old) IMAX HFR 3D. Definitely would say the IMAX screen and more encompassing screen does make the movie spectacle better, but there was something else I was not expecting, the SOUND.
The brand new IMAX in our area has an incredible sound system. It is not one with the latest Dolby ATMOS, but it was night and day compared to the standard (aging theater). You felt and sense the movie so much more. Some of Gandalf explosions rumbled through your chest as if you were standing there to witness its live. The clarity and channel separation made the sound-scape feel real. It was beautiful. Best sounding movie I have ever heard.
IMAX HFR 3D vs standard HFR 3D, IMAX wins hands down just for the field of view. Since The Hobbit was not shot in IMAX and sampled digitally it IMAX format I didn't expect any greater detail and I didn't notice any. HFR is hopefully the future