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.
Written February 28, 2015
My daughters and I are Tolkien fans, and the movie was disappointing. Not the show on screen, the images are fascinating, it is amazing what state of the art filmaking technology can do. We are fans, so we can live with one line from the book becoming 20 min of movie. But it is just too much show for the storytelling. The dwarves scape from the goblins cannot be pictured as another battle for helms keep. It has become too easy to make heroes into videogame super heroes who fight single handed hordes of orcs. That exagerated action permeates the movie. And ruins it. We would have liked the story, not the video game.
Written March 02, 2015
I first read The Hobbit in 1967 or 1968 and hoped that some day it would be made into a movie worthy of the masterpiece that J.R.R. Tolkien created. The movie was certainly beyond worthy. Martin Freeman is absolutely brilliant as Bilbo, and each and every cast member is fabulous.
I rarely see a movie twice, but have seen this one twice already and hope to go again before it leaves the Imax.
Written January 02, 2013
Fantastic to look at, as expected, and who doesn't love Martin Freeman? He was a genius bit of casting for Bilbo. It really didn't need to be 3 hours long though. All the jammed in battles began to feel more for the spectacle than the story. Richard Armitage does a great job with Thorin as well, loved him. Definitely see it on the big screen, but know you will feel the time pass!
Written October 21, 2014
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.