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Great movie, Bad in 3-D

By carnicom
Written July 28, 2014
Wonderful prequel to the LOTR trilogy. The 3-D, however, was poorly done and distracted from the cinematics. I found myself looking back and forth between at the characters in the foreground in 3-D and the panoramic vistas in the background in obvious 2-D. I recommend they avoid this in the next two films. I woulld recommend the 2-D version for those who have not seen it yet.
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gorgeous

By shameem
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!
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Who says you can't go home...

By firstdance2000
Written December 14, 2012
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;)
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Gratuitous length and extended fighting scenes near fatal

By smokejumper24
Written December 16, 2012
Ignoring the captivating aspects entirely, the film suffered significantly from too little situational development (more of the Bilbo - Precious type encounters needed), and too many/too lengthy battle scenes. Last it was about 20 minutes too long, but if it has been structured differently, and came with an INTERMISSION (what a concept), then we're talking talking some serious Hobbit hooch!
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Hobbit #2

By Layladog
Written July 24, 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!
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