Written December 24, 2012
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 December 30, 2012
I had read the book and taught the book to 8th graders so I was familiar with the characters and plot. I truly enjoyed the movie from that perspective. If you go see the movie, you must see it in 3D. The special effects are amazing. There are points where the people look like they are actually in the theater. One of my concerns is that younger children will be scared by the brutality of the monsters. Also the scenery and action often reminds me of a video game. When, and it probably will be soon, there is a Hobbit video game children might lose sight of Tolken's message and the essential themes of the literary work.
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?
Written February 17, 2013
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Written September 01, 2014
They movie does a great job of bringing Middle Earth to life. Stunning aerial photography and flat-out invented vistas are brought together seemlessly. It embellishes on the original in many places (Radaghast the Brown leaps to mind, but he was a 2 line throw away character in the book) it also fills in numerous gaps as well. WHERE the heck is Gandalf? Being grilled by Saruman and flirting with Galadriel, of course.
Fun movie but way too violent for younger audiences.