Written December 15, 2012
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 July 25, 2014
Phenomenal, it absolutely kept in the tradition of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Can't wait for the follow on movies and the whole thing to be released on video to add to our collection!
Written December 23, 2012
My three kids are all in their late twenties now and living in different states across from coast to coast. Nevertheless, they each want to experience The Hobbit with me since I read it to them aloud, one at a time, when they were young. And the conjuring of images at that young age is not disappointed when presented with Peter Jackson's representations on the 3-D IMAX screen. Indeed, it is a thrilling and reaffirming experience.
There are embellishments to the original that stay true enough that it is easy to accept these indulgences as a fulfillment of the whole. The animation enables the teller of the tale to reach the heights of what is a spell-binding and engrossing adventure.
This is not to be missed. It is long enough to make you miss your second breakfast and elevensies, but it is worth the grumbling of young tummies to treat the eyes, ears and furry little hobbit feet that tramp along with the grand adventure.
Written December 18, 2012
The extra paid for the IMAX 3D experience was definitely worth it. No cheap flying stuff at you tricks, just being in there and enjoying the whole experience. It is long at almost 3 hrs with about 10 minutes of previews and the credits but the music at the end during the credits is something to stay for. Sometimes you have to go on an adventure just for the sake of the adventure (and something to tell the grandchildren). ;)
Written December 15, 2012
Loved the move. They were faithful to the book and did a great job with the special effects. They weren't over the top and didn't detract from the story.