Written March 27, 2015
The visuals are superb, the action fast and without breaks between the idilic beginning and the final, somewhat silly, set-up for the sequel. You have seen the like (and perhaps better done) in several other movies recently. This flick is for you if you have the three hours and don't expect anything novel.
If you do go to see it, by all means see the IMAX 3-D version with its great sound and vast screen. IMAX is a very special process that makes any movie exciting and special. New Zealand, in IMAX, is a magical place, the perfect setting for Hobbits and other imagined folk good and evil.
Written May 05, 2015
My three kids are all in their late twenties now and living in different states across from coast to coast. Nevertheless, they each want to experience The Hobbit with me since I read it to them aloud, one at a time, when they were young. And the conjuring of images at that young age is not disappointed when presented with Peter Jackson's representations on the 3-D IMAX screen. Indeed, it is a thrilling and reaffirming experience.
There are embellishments to the original that stay true enough that it is easy to accept these indulgences as a fulfillment of the whole. The animation enables the teller of the tale to reach the heights of what is a spell-binding and engrossing adventure.
This is not to be missed. It is long enough to make you miss your second breakfast and elevensies, but it is worth the grumbling of young tummies to treat the eyes, ears and furry little hobbit feet that tramp along with the grand adventure.
Written May 07, 2015
There's almost too much to process here, but I'll cut to the chase: I was concerned about the length, the high frame rate, the splitting of the story into three parts, the dwarves whom I at first thought looked a bit goofy. Well, I am here to say that on all fronts my concerns were not only unwarranted, but have all but been forgot. I am not a particularly huge fan of 3D, but I enjoyed Avatar's 3D and was willing to give Jackson a shot here as well. I'm glad I did. What a movie! Where some people complain about the length and have stated the movie takes too long to get going, I relished every moment of the Bag-End scenes. The Dwarves are fantastic, and the whole thrill of the adventure is alive and well.
I can't wait to see it again. Congratulations to Peter Jackson for bringing us back in such a wonderful way.
Written April 27, 2015
This was just as good as the LOTR trilogy if not better. The Bilbo character had a "personality", which was missing in the Frodo character from The LOTR. The dwarves were very entertaining and made you want to pull up a chair and sing along with them.
Written December 28, 2012
Other than being a bit too heavy on battle scenes, this is a terrific adaptation of The Hobbit which expands the story in interesting ways. The eagle rescue makes the 3-D definitely worth the extra $ one pays for this. Excellent casting.