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 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 01, 2014
I hear lots of complaints about time and other dumb things.
Bottom line is the movie is entertaining, it's well done, and I simply can't wait for the next one to come out!!!
I loved it and despite the long play time, it went very quickly. So much so that the ending really snuck up on you.
I plan on going again and I dont' watch movies at the theatres but a few times a year.
Written March 27, 2015
The visuals are superb, the action fast and without breaks between the idilic beginning and the final, somewhat silly, set-up for the sequel. You have seen the like (and perhaps better done) in several other movies recently. This flick is for you if you have the three hours and don't expect anything novel.
If you do go to see it, by all means see the IMAX 3-D version with its great sound and vast screen. IMAX is a very special process that makes any movie exciting and special. New Zealand, in IMAX, is a magical place, the perfect setting for Hobbits and other imagined folk good and evil.
Written May 05, 2015
My three kids are all in their late twenties now and living in different states across from coast to coast. Nevertheless, they each want to experience The Hobbit with me since I read it to them aloud, one at a time, when they were young. And the conjuring of images at that young age is not disappointed when presented with Peter Jackson's representations on the 3-D IMAX screen. Indeed, it is a thrilling and reaffirming experience.
There are embellishments to the original that stay true enough that it is easy to accept these indulgences as a fulfillment of the whole. The animation enables the teller of the tale to reach the heights of what is a spell-binding and engrossing adventure.
This is not to be missed. It is long enough to make you miss your second breakfast and elevensies, but it is worth the grumbling of young tummies to treat the eyes, ears and furry little hobbit feet that tramp along with the grand adventure.