Written December 16, 2012
Well-made and EGREGIOUSLY padded. Saw this in IMAX 3D (not HFR), and it looked real pretty. Jackson harvested from appendices to fatten this book into a trilogy. Movie 1 is pretty (in 24 fps, at least), though it RUNS long. I was struggling somewhere in the middle. And toward the end. There are some amazing sights and it ends strongly enough... but, IMHO, THE HOBBIT should have been two movies at most. That said, I've read The Hobbit and the LOTR books, and I've *liked* them but I've not made a religion of them. In some ways, Martin Freeman makes a more interesting/engaging protagonist than Elijah Wood. Still, caveat emptor. While I'm here, DISHONORED is a pretty fun videogame. Hello, Hi, How are you?
Written December 24, 2012
First off, IMAX 3D was an awesome experience for this movie. Secondly, CGI has come a long way and this movie is prime proof. Just compare for yourself the difference between Gollum in this movie and in the prior LotR trilogy or the goblin lair in this movie and the orcs under the mountain in The Fellowship of the Ring. This movie is beautiful, visually. The story starts off a little slowly IMO but it's somewhat necessary, I suppose. Once the adventure departs The Shire the action picks up and never stops for more than a minute or two. I can honestly say I left the movie asking how I would possibly wait another year for part II. The big question in my mind was "How will this movie stand up to the original LotR trilogy?" The answer, IMO, is...very well. In fact, tit for tat, I think this opener to the trilogy is at least equal to The Fellowship of the Ring. So...go see for yourself!
Written December 31, 2012
I love the whole LOTR series. So when the Hobbit came out I knew I had to see. LOVED IT!!! You have to see it in IMAX 3D. Amazing. Can't wait for the rest of them to be released
Written December 15, 2012
Its exactly as you'd expect. If you saw Lord of the Rings, any of them, then its more of that. Just with a different plot. The attention to detail, the level of acting, and the production value are all amazing.
If I had to think of a criticism, 1. It feels long, but its over three hours, thats to be expected. 2. Radagast the Brown is very silly. and 3. The king of the Goblins has this huge empty ******* attached to his face. You have been warned.
Written December 14, 2012
Worth the 20 bucks I spent o IMAX to see it at midnight per ticket. 3 movies? Did it have to be 3 movies for one book?