Written August 25, 2016
I do not know why critics are blasting this moving as "slow". The movie had a great pace the entire time even when establishing all of the characters in the beginning. The 3D was incredible with exception to one or two high action scenes that got pretty messy visually (Note: I saw it in the 24 FPS version in IMAX). However, those one or two scenes were not enough for me to deter anyone from seeing this great work of art. If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy then it is a "Must Go". If you are a fan of fantasy-genre then it is a "Go".
Written June 24, 2016
Great film, a bit bloated towards the middle but the end is awesome. Nice fleshing out of the characters. Could use a little more movement in the storyline but otherwise great movie!
Written September 29, 2016
Fans like me will love seeing Peter Jackson's cast and crew back in Middle Earth again. Technically brilliant. Story unfortunately feels a little padded because now it's a trilogy. Where the story veers from the original book can be a little jarring and a some of the dialog is cliche. The best part of the film is the scene in Gollum's cave which is simply brilliant and creepy. Andy Serkis' performance as Gollum (with the CGI overcoat) is just incredible. Hopefully the decision to turn this project into a trilogy won't diminish it's overall impact. I'd say three stars out of five.
Written February 06, 2016
Good visuals, more leisurely pace so you get to enjoy the setting and characters more. But avoid the IMAX presentation if you don't want your ears blasted off your head. Any dramatic or battle scenes are WAY TOO LOUD, and even so-called background music is loud enough to be uncomfortable. The volume of IMAX presentations, I'm told by my theatre manager, is stipulated by contract, so the theatre is not able to lower the volume at patrons' request. Instead, see The Hobbit in a non-IMAX presentation where the volume can be set to a more appropriate level by theatre management.
Written December 15, 2012
I rated this movie a Must Go for two reasons. First off, you don't find story telling any better than JRR Tolkien in my opinion. Second, the computer animation was outstanding. As far as the rest of my opinions on the movie, I'd say some of the actors portraying the dwarfs had quite thick accents which made it a little hard to understand a few times. It was great seeing some of our favorite characters once again like Gandalf and Gollum. The ending was done quite smoothly and left us ready for the adventure to continue. The only down side for my family of five who attending a late night showing was the volume in our theater, literally our ears were ringing when the movie was over.