Written January 27, 2015
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 July 29, 2015
Having this movie in 3D was great, especially with the detail IMAX brings out. While the movie wasn't really true to the book as much as I would prefer, as a stand-alone movie I was impressed with the depth of the content. It really cleared up some things where Tolkien left holes. Such as Bilbo earning trust with the dwarves, why he stayed after everything he went throuh, etc. There were quite a few "inside jokes" for those that read the book, and I liked them.
Written July 29, 2015
Having read the book I must say that even though they add new twists and storylines (the pale orc and the necromancer) those stories came from Tolkien's Unfinished works so they weren't that far off from what Tolkien had in mind. Despite it not being like THE HOBBIT book, it was AMAZING! Definitely worth watching it in theaters and definitely would love to see it again. I don't think its fair to compare it to LOTR since this was written first and meant for children, after all it is TWO different stories. I think they did a great job incorporating new storylines to fit adults. Great job!
Written August 30, 2015
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 August 29, 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.