Written October 25, 2014
So, the movie starts... I laugh many times, I cringe a few times, I get worried for characters many times, I remember parts of the LotR movies at various points, and then the credits start! I was completely involved from start to finish. I did not know I had been sitting for >2.5hours until I looked at my watch after the credits began. What more can you ask from a movie?
So, it's not Tolkien's The Hobbit. It's Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. Unlike the LotR, I was prepared to ignore (as much as possible) any and all changes. Not possible - Azog chasing after Thorin? Sheesh!) - but I was not allowing that to impact my enjoyment of the movie (also unlike LotR).
Casting, sets, art work, acting (mostly... Elrond is a bit better in this. Gandalf is, unfortunately, a bit "rehearsed"), interpretation of many of Tolkien's thoughts, all great!
Just a fantastic piece of work!
Written December 18, 2014
Better than the 1st, but still feels really stretched from the original story. When all is said and done, it would be interesting if someone could re-edit these movies and take out all of the superfluous material to make one hell of a great movie!
Written April 26, 2015
Lovely movie, but this is not for the Hobbit novice. It will be fully enjoyed by the LOTR/Tolkien fan, otherwise it will be questioned and misunderstood at every turn.
Written October 30, 2014
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 October 22, 2014
Being a big fan of the whole Lord of the Rings trillogy, the experience on seeing it on IMAX 3D just blew me away. Can't wait for the secual. IMAX is the way to go........