Written September 20, 2014
While I am not a big fan of the current trend of splitting novels into 2 (or more) movies, I think Peter Jackson pulled it off with The Hobbit part one. Even at a healthy 2:45, the movie did not drag and the plot did advance at a reasonable pace. The film (in Imax and 3-D) is visually stunning and seeing familar characters and locales again was wonderful.
I beleive that the version I viewed included the 48 fps that critics have commented on extensively - if so, I did not see anything to complain about. The 3-D was seamless (no gimmicks) and Peter Jackson and his crew have created one of the most immersive film experiences to date.
Written December 16, 2012
As expected, Peter Jackson creates a masterpiece. There really aren't any surprises here (other than the plot additions). The Hobbit is rendered with intricate detail and pushes the boundaries of CGI. I'm ready for the next two movies!
I reviewed this movie for the HFR 48 fps version and decided to see it again in 24 fps. The Hobbit works SOOOOO much better in 24 fps instead of HFR. The lighting appeared natural, the man made "natural" objects didn't come off as fake, the characters blended into the settings instead of standing out as actors on the set of a play.
HFR was good at two things. CGI objects in the foreground came off as pretty realistic. The biggest benefit of HFR was the noticeable reduction in blurriness associated with action sequences and panning across the screen in 3D movies.
IMAX 3D is the best way to see The Hobbit. Skip HFR for a more authentic experience.
Written December 28, 2012
Other than being a bit too heavy on battle scenes, this is a terrific adaptation of The Hobbit which expands the story in interesting ways. The eagle rescue makes the 3-D definitely worth the extra $ one pays for this. Excellent casting.
Written December 30, 2012
I really enjoyed the Hobbit. I saw it in IMAX. Even though there was not alot of 3D pieces that seemed exciting to me. It was still great. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It was funny and exciting. It started slightly slow but it was very entertaining. You should go see it.
Written December 25, 2012
I went into this movie with my doubts yet from the first frame I was drawn in.
Introducing the movie via 2 of the key characters from LOTRO just before it begins
was a stroke of genius.
This movie was a fun and unexpected experience..you.. well at least I forgot I was in the
theater. The movie moves at such at a pace that you are drawn into the adventure yourself not only that ..the characters both good and evil hold your attention. The costumes, the sets, the makeup and the music and the songs amazing.
The cgi was extraordinary...the Goblin King, the warg riders, Azog was absolutely fantastic.
The bit with Bert, Bill and Tom was so very funny but the funniest and also the most endearing was the first meeting with Gollum...that was so classic.
Seeing this movie in IMAX 3D brought this picture to life significantly.
Yes its Peter Jackson's movie but it was Guillermo Del Toro's input which sealed it for me
I knew I HAD TO SEE what Del Toro brought to The Hobbit..spectacular.