Written September 17, 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.
Written August 30, 2014
Great movie with a cliff hanger insisting on seeing #2 and then #3 I'm certain. Interesting that the crowd at the movie was well over 30 something. Young Bilbo was a hit.
Written September 20, 2014
While I am not a big fan of the current trend of splitting novels into 2 (or more) movies, I think Peter Jackson pulled it off with The Hobbit part one. Even at a healthy 2:45, the movie did not drag and the plot did advance at a reasonable pace. The film (in Imax and 3-D) is visually stunning and seeing familar characters and locales again was wonderful.
I beleive that the version I viewed included the 48 fps that critics have commented on extensively - if so, I did not see anything to complain about. The 3-D was seamless (no gimmicks) and Peter Jackson and his crew have created one of the most immersive film experiences to date.
Written December 16, 2012
As expected, Peter Jackson creates a masterpiece. There really aren't any surprises here (other than the plot additions). The Hobbit is rendered with intricate detail and pushes the boundaries of CGI. I'm ready for the next two movies!
I reviewed this movie for the HFR 48 fps version and decided to see it again in 24 fps. The Hobbit works SOOOOO much better in 24 fps instead of HFR. The lighting appeared natural, the man made "natural" objects didn't come off as fake, the characters blended into the settings instead of standing out as actors on the set of a play.
HFR was good at two things. CGI objects in the foreground came off as pretty realistic. The biggest benefit of HFR was the noticeable reduction in blurriness associated with action sequences and panning across the screen in 3D movies.
IMAX 3D is the best way to see The Hobbit. Skip HFR for a more authentic experience.
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.