Written January 07, 2013
I REALLY fell in love with Peter Jackson's classic retelling of J. R. R. Tolkien's prequel to the LOTR epic story line! The viewer really has to pay attention to the small details . . . so many set the stage for so many things in one of the Lord Of The Ring trilogy! Great movie making at it's best! DEFINITE Oscar contender! Not necessarily for kids younger than 13 or 14 . . . there is MUCH fantasy battle action and gore that may be disturbing to younger children!
Written December 17, 2012
The movie was good. It definitely draws you in, and while I wasn't bored, it wasn't a movie I HAVE to see in the theater again.
Written December 17, 2012
My kids loved the movie, and all the critics and others saying it's a fail etc really don't know what they're talking about in my opinion, or were/are comparing it to some ideal they had in their head. I think it was a great movie and would easily see it again.
Written December 18, 2012
Based upon the book by the same author who wrote the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit actually came first before Tolkien wrote the famed trilogy. An exciting and fun adventure fantasy that is even more enhanced by the 48 frames per second technique that creates a remarkable visual feast especially if seen in IMAX 3D. This first part is full of enough adventure quality that no one will go home disappointed. To see how and where specifically Bilbo found the Ring of Power, meeting Gollum before he showed up in the Rings trilogy, and a more in-depth look at the history of the Dwarves in Middle Earth is well worth the ticket. Set up like a prequel, repercussions similar to the Phantom Menace of Star Wars fame will be paralleled but in a far better exposition. New places and locations will be explored as a fine new film journey begins. I personally can't wait to see Smaug in the next chapter. For the Shire!
Written December 15, 2012
Let me just say that I've read the book & I thought the movie was very good, whereas my hubby has not read the book & he says 'it was excellent' & 'it's a must see.' My expectations may have gotten in the way. Needless to say some liberties were taken with the story line & I found myself thinking 'that wasn't in the book.' Beyond that it was great.
It was wonderful to see another LOTR type movie with some of my favorite beloved characters. I've missed them. It was like old times. Martin Freeman did a perfect job of portraying Bilbo, especially his mannerisms. Ian McKellen was back in form as Gandalf the Gray. Thorin is very intense & the other dwarfs were fun to watch, all that hair & braids. :)
I don't know how they're going to stretch the story out between three films but I'll be there for every one.