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 29, 2013
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Written October 22, 2014
I'm not one to see a ton of 3D movies; however, I felt like the higher frame rate version really made the experience look smoother to me and didn't hurt my eyes, even after 3 hours of watching.
The story is really portrayed well and pulls from additional sources other than just The Hobbit, and they do this quite well. They also kept the action very solid and it helped the movie feel like it wasn't dragging on. It takes a little bit to get started, but once you're rolling its a very well built experience.
Written January 26, 2015
I liked the film over all but was a bit put out about the 3 part configuration. Believe the film should have stayed truer to the original storyline too and not trying a re-write. I realize that the "Hobbit" was the more whimsical of the books but there were times that I thought the humor was forced and certain added or enhanced scenes didn't really do much for the movie. I also had the feeling I was watching scenes from an afternoon 'Soap'. There were times the scene would go from film to video tape leaving an uncomfortable transition. Over all, I am looking forward to Pt #2 and I am sure I will see Pt #3. I can't put this movie on the same self as, "The Lord of the Rings", but it was nice to see it made and to revisit an old story from a time long ago!
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.