Written January 06, 2013
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 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 18, 2012
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!
Written December 26, 2012
I do not know why critics are blasting this moving as "slow". The movie had a great pace the entire time even when establishing all of the characters in the beginning. The 3D was incredible with exception to one or two high action scenes that got pretty messy visually (Note: I saw it in the 24 FPS version in IMAX). However, those one or two scenes were not enough for me to deter anyone from seeing this great work of art. If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy then it is a "Must Go". If you are a fan of fantasy-genre then it is a "Go".
Written December 15, 2012
I rated this movie a Must Go for two reasons. First off, you don't find story telling any better than JRR Tolkien in my opinion. Second, the computer animation was outstanding. As far as the rest of my opinions on the movie, I'd say some of the actors portraying the dwarfs had quite thick accents which made it a little hard to understand a few times. It was great seeing some of our favorite characters once again like Gandalf and Gollum. The ending was done quite smoothly and left us ready for the adventure to continue. The only down side for my family of five who attending a late night showing was the volume in our theater, literally our ears were ringing when the movie was over.