Written August 02, 2015
I loved this movie. Great set up for this new trilogy. Wonderful narrative and introduction to the new characters and it is great to see Gandalf back. Seeing Gollum again is a special treat as well. Despite it's long run time, the pace moved along at a good pace. Highly recommended.
Written November 23, 2014
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 July 05, 2015
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 October 06, 2015
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.