Written October 23, 2014
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 October 20, 2014
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!
Written October 27, 2014
After the LOTR trilogy this movie was a serious failure. I went to it with great expectations, but the only thing good about it was the high quality graphics employed. The story was worse than lame. The first hour of the movie is complete garbage. For the first time I fell asleep in a movie. I am extremely dissatisfied. This is nothing but a fairy tale for children.
Written December 16, 2012
I am a child of the 1977 Hobbit cartoon. Today, I am a very happy person as I have relived my childhood favorite in a new light. This telling of 'The Hobbit' deserves huge praise. While I will refuse to add spoilers, I will tell the fans of the Rankin-Bass cartoon to rest at ease. Thank You Mr. Jackson for paying homage to your previous films as well as the cartoons from the childhoods of many. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!
***CAUTION: The stories around the 48 frame/sec causing headaches may have truth to it. Half way into the movie my wife experienced a splitting headache that subsided after removing the glasses and looking away for around 5 to 10 minutes.
Written August 23, 2014
Having this movie in 3D was great, especially with the detail IMAX brings out. While the movie wasn't really true to the book as much as I would prefer, as a stand-alone movie I was impressed with the depth of the content. It really cleared up some things where Tolkien left holes. Such as Bilbo earning trust with the dwarves, why he stayed after everything he went throuh, etc. There were quite a few "inside jokes" for those that read the book, and I liked them.