Written May 27, 2016
Great experience. But as always it wasn't the book. Although Peter did the best for what he had to work with(time&money). The scenery was awesome, the characters familiar and the storyline was fastpaced. Now I just have to stay alive another year and a half to see the end(July2014)
Written July 01, 2016
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 February 01, 2015
Altogether, the Hobbit was a good movie. Though, I did have some gripes on it. To start, I didn't like the sequence with the Brown Wizard. It seemed out of of place and cartoony compared to the rest of the movie. Also, alot of things didn't match the book. For instance, Smaug was red in the book not blue from the little bit he was shown. Also, the Necromancer only had a breif mention in the book and it didn't have a big part like it did in the movie. In addition, Azog was already dead in the book but, in the movie he was alive trying to kill Thorin. This changed the entire direction of the book. I could go on but instead I will wrap this up. The Hobbit was entertaining to anyone who hasn't read the book but to someone who has, they may not enjoy it as much. I give this movie 9 out of 10
Written August 29, 2015
Loved The Hobbit! When you've read a book that you so enjoy you think "No, it can't be made into a film." But Peter Jackson comes through once again. Although I read the book 40+ years ago, the story was told so well in the film that I began to remember wonderful minute details -- and remembered what a great writer Tolkien was.
Written May 31, 2016
I'll keep it short. It's a good time. The best parts of the movie (for me) are easily any moment with Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in them. They do an excellent job of not rushing the scenes. The stuff they add in from the other texts works fine. It is however very disappointing when you see the junk they simply made up. There is more dismemberment shown in The Hobbit than in Lord of the Rings and sometimes they make it a little silly/irreverent. It attempts to be dramatic too much to a level where you begin to feel insulted. For example, there are way too many pre-battle staredowns near the end. It's still a very fun movie and is definitely worth seeing.