Written February 26, 2017
The 3D special effects and film photography was excellent- the story plot unclear-
the dwarf's mission I thought was to destroy the dragon - but they never got back to the dragon - disappointing- but over all- it was entertaining
Written May 31, 2016
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 September 01, 2016
"The Hobbit" is a good movie, specially if you are a hardcore Tolkien fan, and even then you'll probably have a couple of problems with Jackson's choices.
I watched the HFR 3D version of the movie. The 3D was mostly distracting, except in a few scenes in which the use of the technology really enhanced the visuals. The HFR on the other hand, I would skip altogether. It is a bit much; I can only describe it as hyperrealism. It works as long as there's no CGI on the screen, but the minute you introduce any CGI element it looks like you are watching a video game mini feature. By the time the movie ended I was totally over the whole thing.
So, my recommendation is watch it, skip the HFR and 3D; don't take kids to the theater with you (the movie is way, way too violent; there's no blood, but plenty of beheadings), and be aware that you'll be watching a Hobbit full of Silmarillion and LTR back story. Still, the length of the movie wasn't that much of an issue when compared to "Avatar"
Written October 28, 2016
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 April 27, 2017
Was disappointed, did not want to be! The look, acting, effects were amazing. I was expecting more of an incredible journey through middle earth with the requisite twist and turns ( which it had some of) not extended orc battle scenes.
I overheard a ten year old sitting next to me saying he didn't remember the white orc being in the book--pretty much sums it up.
I will say the gollum scenes were the highlights for me--the riddle battle was very well done and smaug looks amazing!
I hope the 2nd movie picks up the slack!