Written May 31, 2016
As an avid book reader, the departure from the storyline in places and picking up the appendices to write the script seemed megalomaniacal, but it works. My biggest complaint was the nauseating 3D effects, which I will surely NOT be viewing in the future.
Go, but see it in regular theaters.
Written November 20, 2014
Movie started like the book slow. Then you couldn't stop looking at the screen until the movie ended. Just like the book, you couldn't put the book down until it was finished reading. Can't wait until part 2 of the movie. I probably go see it again.
Written September 04, 2015
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 April 30, 2016
Peter Jackson & Co. didn't disappoint! It was awesome! Cinematography was excellent. The New Zealand landscapes were shot as well as they were in The lord of the Rings. Defiantly go see it in the theater, don't wait for DVD. It's ok to take the kids, not too violent.
Written May 05, 2016
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.