Written May 02, 2016
visually: the is no mistaking the "reality" of this work. hobbit, dwarf, org alike - all are equal in 48 HFR 3D believability. that being said the reality of it being a creation is even more apparent - it is a crystal clear visual experience, proficiently artificial, superior eye candy.
story: holds to the basic narrative line, but dilutes to a certain degree the moral fiber of tolkien's work when relating the history and aspirations of the dwarfs.
if you appreciate the work of tolkien, this is a must see. for we have all dreamed someone would bring this to "life" and although clearly 'fabricated' it is clearly enchanting nonetheless ;)
Written December 15, 2012
If misstepping were an aerobic exercise, Peter Jackson would be in excellent shape. Although I had the highest hopes for this return to Middle-earth, I am sorry to say that it suffers from many serious problems (in spite of some wonderful moments along the way). The bad outweighs the good by far: (1) The editing is inept; the movie lacks coherence, slogging from one bloated action extravaganza to another; (2) the tone is uneven; by trying to link too obviously to the Lord of the Rings films, PJ strains to blend dark undertones with the silly fairy-tale elements characteristic of the book. The result is forced and emotionally unsatisfying; this film needed a much lighter touch and a deft hand; (3) there was too much irrelevant padding that just made no sense; (4) the 3D HFR detracted from, rather than enhanced, the already weak storytelling. Huge disappointment: C-.
Written April 27, 2015
The story is well done of course with excellent character development and of course lots of action. I am not really sure I like the vivid reality of the high frame rate. Many times it felt more video game-like. Next time I am going to watch in standard digital video, not even 3D.
Written May 27, 2016
The journey of the Hobbit that doesn't really get anywhere. The cinematic images were amazing but the plot was slow moving. If you're down for a movie that says...look at the great CGI we can do...but don't worry about the speed of plot progression.
Written June 26, 2016
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.