Written December 17, 2012
Great efects, really great 3D, only thing I can see wrong with the movie is it is not the whole thing. Stopped the movie before it was over as per the book. What the hell! If this was part 1, state that this is part 1. I felt really let down. How long before we get to see the rest?
Written December 25, 2012
I went into this movie with my doubts yet from the first frame I was drawn in.
Introducing the movie via 2 of the key characters from LOTRO just before it begins
was a stroke of genius.
This movie was a fun and unexpected experience..you.. well at least I forgot I was in the
theater. The movie moves at such at a pace that you are drawn into the adventure yourself not only that ..the characters both good and evil hold your attention. The costumes, the sets, the makeup and the music and the songs amazing.
The cgi was extraordinary...the Goblin King, the warg riders, Azog was absolutely fantastic.
The bit with Bert, Bill and Tom was so very funny but the funniest and also the most endearing was the first meeting with Gollum...that was so classic.
Seeing this movie in IMAX 3D brought this picture to life significantly.
Yes its Peter Jackson's movie but it was Guillermo Del Toro's input which sealed it for me
I knew I HAD TO SEE what Del Toro brought to The Hobbit..spectacular.
Written December 16, 2012
Plenty of heart stopping action with the added bonus of revisiting the characters you loved and hated in "the Lord of the Rings"! The creation of Middle Earth is just stunning and seeing it in 3D was really thrilling. Fun, Deep, Beautiful, and Action Packed. I laughed, teared up, and was mesmerized by the horror! The acting is terrific. Go and Enjoy!!
Written September 23, 2014
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 January 02, 2013
Fantastic to look at, as expected, and who doesn't love Martin Freeman? He was a genius bit of casting for Bilbo. It really didn't need to be 3 hours long though. All the jammed in battles began to feel more for the spectacle than the story. Richard Armitage does a great job with Thorin as well, loved him. Definitely see it on the big screen, but know you will feel the time pass!