Written August 27, 2016
Jackson does a great job overall of telling the core story with all the major beats from the book and a few adjustments for film structure/format. He puts the Hobbit into a broader Middle Earth context and weaves it into the LOTR films. Most significantly, Jackson has a knack for expanding the scale of scenes in his translation from the books to cinema. Overall, a very entertaining first entry in the trilogy.
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 August 25, 2016
The singing was a little weird and not repeated (which begs the question of why it was there at all). I also can't figure out why this is going to take 3 movies to get through.
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