Written December 28, 2012
Other than being a bit too heavy on battle scenes, this is a terrific adaptation of The Hobbit which expands the story in interesting ways. The eagle rescue makes the 3-D definitely worth the extra $ one pays for this. Excellent casting.
Written December 30, 2012
I really enjoyed the Hobbit. I saw it in IMAX. Even though there was not alot of 3D pieces that seemed exciting to me. It was still great. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It was funny and exciting. It started slightly slow but it was very entertaining. You should go see it.
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 November 22, 2014
For a decade we have revisited our initial moments with the Shire folk and all the adventures brought to us by "Lord of the Rings". The feeling that it might not feel the same or will we recognize the place, are immediately dispensed of in this first offering of "The Hobbit".
The tale is shared wonderfully as if we never left and Bilbo, Frodo & Gandalf usher us in to the past with a generous portion of nostalgic moments as well as a hint of things to come.
The story is told wonderfully and the new characters (Dwarfs) are both fascinating and fun. Truly this is a wonderful ride of adventure and fitting in pieces of the puzzle from a decade ago.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll definitely want more....So, see many times to catch all the multi-faceted aspects that are definitely going to be missed after only one or two go rounds.
And once you've done...ache for part 2...because that is what happens when one has to leave the shire;)
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.