Written November 30, 2014
Converting the novel to prequel from preamble to The Ring trilogy is only a modest success.I welcomed Jackson & Co.'s imagination of the pre-Smaug Lonely Mountain and the origin of Thorin's Oakensheld moniiker. From then on, though, it's obese. the additions to pad out a modest novel into a cinematic epic became ponderous. Too many orcs!
Sadly, cut from the movie version are the small but telling incicents that develop Bilbo's character as an unlkely hero and gradually win the respect of the dwarves.
Instead, we have Gandalf pontificating about how evil can be defeated by the small actions of ordinary people. Amazing. A movie that doesn't show, but tells. So the cinematic narrative is weak compared to the Trilogy,which instead tightened the original Tolkien tale.
I'm not a 3D fan, but those who are may appreciate the ciinematography which certainly has its moments.
Written January 25, 2015
An enjoyable, entertaining experience. Sure, it was a bit unnecessarily long, but that can be said for most movies. Just like to original trilogy, it had many epic scenes, stunning visuals, and good action.
Was it as good as the original 3 LOTR films? No. But they set a high bar. The overall storytelling wasn't as good in the Hobbit. But on a 1-10 scale, I'd give it a 7.5.
Written December 18, 2014
Such an amazing movie experience. I was completly drawn in and amazed. We saw this in IMAX 3D. My first in this format and I was so impressed. I'm not a big movie goer. I typically wait to watch at home, but this was something I wanted to do with my teenage children. We had a blast. Now seeing the previews for other adventure types of movies, I might have to increase my entertainment budget!
Written December 14, 2012
I reread the first half of The Hobbit while I waiting to get into the midnight showing so it was fresh in my mind and very very easy to see where Jackson shoe-horned things in from the other books. The beginning half or so of An Unexpected Journey is a grand adventure that's fast-paced, fun and engaging but then you stumble upon extra scenes Jackson added as blatant foreshadowing for the original trilogy and suddenly the pacing grinds to a halt and never truly recovers from it. The Riddle Game and Bilbo's escape from Gollum and the Goblin tunnels is heavily truncated which is disappointing considering what a monumental moment in the entire series that is. I shouldn't be surprised though as Jackson has a habit of taking pivotal moments of growth for the main characters and totally hamstringing them.
Overall I liked it but I don't plan to see it more than once maybe twice in the theater which says something considering I saw the original trilogy a combined 34 times in the theater.
Written December 29, 2014
Peter Jackson has done it again! The Hobbit was fantastic! I saw The Hobbit in Imax 3D and found it to be worth the extra money. The best thing about Peter Jackson is that he has outstanding vision for what he wants to accomplish with the movies that he directs or produces. He never fails to put his vision to the big screen with an attention-to-detail that is second to none. Peter Jackson has successfully done this once again with The Hobbit. It's too bad that I have to wait a year for the story to continue with part II. In the meantime, I guess I'll have to go see The Hobbit a few more times. Definitely a must see!