Written May 31, 2016
I'll keep it short. It's a good time. The best parts of the movie (for me) are easily any moment with Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in them. They do an excellent job of not rushing the scenes. The stuff they add in from the other texts works fine. It is however very disappointing when you see the junk they simply made up. There is more dismemberment shown in The Hobbit than in Lord of the Rings and sometimes they make it a little silly/irreverent. It attempts to be dramatic too much to a level where you begin to feel insulted. For example, there are way too many pre-battle staredowns near the end. It's still a very fun movie and is definitely worth seeing.
Written October 13, 2015
So, the movie starts... I laugh many times, I cringe a few times, I get worried for characters many times, I remember parts of the LotR movies at various points, and then the credits start! I was completely involved from start to finish. I did not know I had been sitting for >2.5hours until I looked at my watch after the credits began. What more can you ask from a movie?
So, it's not Tolkien's The Hobbit. It's Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. Unlike the LotR, I was prepared to ignore (as much as possible) any and all changes. Not possible - Azog chasing after Thorin? Sheesh!) - but I was not allowing that to impact my enjoyment of the movie (also unlike LotR).
Casting, sets, art work, acting (mostly... Elrond is a bit better in this. Gandalf is, unfortunately, a bit "rehearsed"), interpretation of many of Tolkien's thoughts, all great!
Just a fantastic piece of work!
Written May 26, 2016
Ignoring the captivating aspects entirely, the film suffered significantly from too little situational development (more of the Bilbo - Precious type encounters needed), and too many/too lengthy battle scenes. Last it was about 20 minutes too long, but if it has been structured differently, and came with an INTERMISSION (what a concept), then we're talking talking some serious Hobbit hooch!
Written June 26, 2016
I really enjoyed the Hobbit. I saw it in IMAX. Even though there was not alot of 3D pieces that seemed exciting to me. It was still great. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It was funny and exciting. It started slightly slow but it was very entertaining. You should go see it.
Written July 28, 2016
Better than the 1st, but still feels really stretched from the original story. When all is said and done, it would be interesting if someone could re-edit these movies and take out all of the superfluous material to make one hell of a great movie!