Written June 26, 2016
Critical assessment: Overall, the pace of the film was agonizingly slow (even more so than The Fellowship of the Ring). Additionally, several characters' comments seemed forced in an attempt to provide cheeky nostalgic moments in reference to the LotR movies and could've done without. The acting during many of the Hobbiton-based scenes early on seemed sub-par, as well, (especially from the various dwarves), but as the movie went on, it was able to draw more attention from viewers as what little action that occurred finally picked up, and some of the cheesiness went away (though failed to die out completely). Still, the direction of the movie stayed true to the original story well enough, major characters were portrayed impressively, and the visuals met the high expectations that have become standard for a Peter Jackson film. As a fan of the book, I look forward to experiencing the final two installments after this viewing. Hopefully the 3D will be more impressive in the next films
Written July 30, 2016
If for no other reason than the opportunity to experience HFR in 3D The Hobbit is a must see! While the large shots where a lot was going on were dazzlingly crystal clear, the downside was in the close ups and scenes with more light where the particular look and feel of HFR seemed more like they were shot with a personal HD and the epic and nostalgic nature of the story was lost. The peripheral plot bits that don't get much coverage in the book were fun and interesting (except for the scene with the moving mauling mountain manikins). The acting was good but short on breadth. The story arc was a bit weak, especially in comparison with the first three films but overall, particularly compared to all other films trying to portray true fantasy fiction, this film was definitely worth the ticket price - the superb rendition of the Bilbo/Golem scene was so good that I would have paid just to have seen it alone - I would recommend this for families but not small children.
Written July 25, 2016
I first read the Trilogy of the ring and the Hobbit back in the sixties when I was in High School. I still think it's the greatest story ever told. I guess I have read the series close to once a year for 30 years. I never get tired of it.
The Hobbit movie was spectacular and followed very closely to the book, especially the part where Frodo found the Ring.
I was amazed by the visual effects. The high frame rate 3D was unbelievably realistic, but at times the action was so fast I could hardly follow it. I may have to see it three or four times for it all to soak in.
In the end I loved it and I can hardly wait for the next part. Huge Winner for Peter Jackson, the cast and the crew. Loved it!
Written December 15, 2012
The best part to this movie for me was the HFR (48 frames per second). The motion was so much smoother. It also made things much sharper in detail. This should be the new standard as a minimum frame rate. Just fantastic. Absolutely the best visual movie experience I've ever had by far. 48 FPS will draw me into a theater every time from here on forward.
As far as the movie itself, they certainly put a lot of CGI special effects effort into this one. I'd say more than any of the other Lord of the Rings movies. As usual, this movie would not be suitable for children.
Written July 25, 2016
There doesn't seem to be any point to this plot. The movie ends hanging. The only thing I can think of is that good conquers evil. Special effects are good if you are into that. A lot of action and special effects but not much point to the plot would be my synopsis.