Written October 01, 2014
I'm never a big fan of 3D movies, but I saw this one in 3D in order to see the HFR version. I have to say, it wasn't worth the extra money for the tickets. It certainly did not add to the experience, if anything it was distracting. While it helped smooth out the CGI, the real actors, costumes, props and sets were all so clear that it was painfully obvious that they were actors, costumes, props and sets. In the first scene I could clearly see Bilbo's makeup and hair cream, and later on I could see Gandalf's contact lenses. Rather than making the action sequences appear more 'real', the HFR just made every scene look like an over-lit British sitcom.
As for the movie itself, as others said it was obviously drawn out excessively for fiscal purposes. It felt too long, and many scenes were superfluously extended. Others were changed from the book for no apparent reason, which confused the story more rather than adding to it (like the rock giants battling instead of playing football).
Written October 23, 2014
Peter Jackson shows his massive ego by adding storylines, characters, incidents, and changes in sequence to an already recognized classic. Small things I could understand, but not what he did. I was very disappointed and will not go see the next two. Someone should take these three exercises in self indulgence after they are all released and re-edit them into one good film.
Written December 15, 2012
Liking this movie was easier because I've read 'The Hobbit' and the 'Lord of the Rings' books. I really liked all the goblin and orc and warg killing, but I couldn't enjoy some scenes as much because they contained more campy humor than I found appropriate and/or had a deus ex machina feel, where things work out just so to save the group at the last minute. This wouldn't be a problem for me if it was limited to one or two instances, but a majority of the adventure part of the film is just one deus ex machina moment after the next. Even though the movie suffered from that, I still liked it quite a bit.
Bottom line: you'll probably enjoy this movie if you're a fan of fantasy or the Lord of the Rings. Everyone else, you may be better off going to see Lincoln or some other serious movie.
Written July 26, 2014
I don't understand all the hate towards the HFR technology. I thought it looked amazing and was nice to see a new format. I would very much like to see more action movies filmed in this format.
Written August 21, 2014
It has been a very long time since I read "The Hobbit", high school, in fact, late sixties, so I am not at this point obsessively consumed with the expansion of the story, in fact, I was engaged and delighted by what I experienced at the theater. The High Frame Rate was beautiful, but then I am pathologically right brained and visual. I did borrow my 11 year old granddaughter to see this one with an old high school friend. We had a wonderful afternoon and will remember it for a long time.
I did love the book (s) and am happy that I have lived long enough fo the technology to become available to do these tales 21st century justice. Wonder how a review from amy member of the Inklings would read?