Written December 17, 2012
After seeing reviews about the unnecessary length of the movie, I was pleasantly surprised by how watchable and engaging it was. I thought the different additions (except for those strange mountain creatures) helped build up the context of the movie. Of course, much of the additions were familiar to me from reading through the appendices of Tolkien's books.
If you're a big Tolkien fan, you'll enjoy and understand the additions, otherwise, it might not make sense.
Written December 18, 2012
I would say the movie overall was very good with a lot of action. There were some spots in the film that could be cut out. The acting was excellent.
Written December 15, 2012
Its exactly as you'd expect. If you saw Lord of the Rings, any of them, then its more of that. Just with a different plot. The attention to detail, the level of acting, and the production value are all amazing.
If I had to think of a criticism, 1. It feels long, but its over three hours, thats to be expected. 2. Radagast the Brown is very silly. and 3. The king of the Goblins has this huge empty ******* attached to his face. You have been warned.
Written December 14, 2012
Worth the 20 bucks I spent o IMAX to see it at midnight per ticket. 3 movies? Did it have to be 3 movies for one book?
Written December 24, 2012
First off, IMAX 3D was an awesome experience for this movie. Secondly, CGI has come a long way and this movie is prime proof. Just compare for yourself the difference between Gollum in this movie and in the prior LotR trilogy or the goblin lair in this movie and the orcs under the mountain in The Fellowship of the Ring. This movie is beautiful, visually. The story starts off a little slowly IMO but it's somewhat necessary, I suppose. Once the adventure departs The Shire the action picks up and never stops for more than a minute or two. I can honestly say I left the movie asking how I would possibly wait another year for part II. The big question in my mind was "How will this movie stand up to the original LotR trilogy?" The answer, IMO, is...very well. In fact, tit for tat, I think this opener to the trilogy is at least equal to The Fellowship of the Ring. So...go see for yourself!