Written September 01, 2014
Since I did not read the book I thought the story line and visuals were exceptional. I remember after seeing Lord of the Rings, we sat around and had hours of discussions on what was changed. I believe it is more entertaining to see it without reading the book first. The movie was outstanding, 3D is stunning, and most of all I like that kind of movie. Hope I do not have to wait a year to see the next. filming at 42 FPS was the way to go. Great Movie.
Written December 14, 2012
For a decade we have revisited our initial moments with the Shire folk and all the adventures brought to us by "Lord of the Rings". The feeling that it might not feel the same or will we recognize the place, are immediately dispensed of in this first offering of "The Hobbit".
The tale is shared wonderfully as if we never left and Bilbo, Frodo & Gandalf usher us in to the past with a generous portion of nostalgic moments as well as a hint of things to come.
The story is told wonderfully and the new characters (Dwarfs) are both fascinating and fun. Truly this is a wonderful ride of adventure and fitting in pieces of the puzzle from a decade ago.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll definitely want more....So, see many times to catch all the multi-faceted aspects that are definitely going to be missed after only one or two go rounds.
And once you've done...ache for part 2...because that is what happens when one has to leave the shire;)
Written December 16, 2012
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 July 24, 2014
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!
Written August 30, 2014
I thought the Hobbit did an excellent job keeping the audiences attention throughout the movie. The use of lots of new types of fantasy creatures was extremely fascinating. I loved the scene with the giants around the campfire. Absolutely hilarious!!