Written February 20, 2013
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Written September 30, 2014
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 February 19, 2013
Great for adults and kids. We saw the 3D version which was really cool.
Written December 15, 2012
This is what my feeling about the movie was for most of the time. It does not catch a feeling of a real world but at all times you see it as a setup. I can't recall any movie but cheapest shows and low budget movies to provide such a feeling.
I am not going to even mention stupidity of some scenes. I'm not going to object splitting the book into 3 movies. Indeed I would love to have it in three movies with exciting details added in. But it's all turned into a senseless action.
As an example let's turn to a scene when the company is forced onto the trees. It's a rare moment even in the book when Gandalf uses his wizardy tricks to put magic fire onto the pine cones. Would the director use the chance? No. In the movie Gandalf uses his staff as a lighter and there is nothing magical about the scene at all.
Trolls scene totally lacked original humor too.
I'm giving "oh, no!" so you can go and see it for yourselves. A total disappointment for the most of the movie time.
Written October 25, 2014
Critical assessment: Overall, the pace of the film was agonizingly slow (even more so than The Fellowship of the Ring). Additionally, several characters' comments seemed forced in an attempt to provide cheeky nostalgic moments in reference to the LotR movies and could've done without. The acting during many of the Hobbiton-based scenes early on seemed sub-par, as well, (especially from the various dwarves), but as the movie went on, it was able to draw more attention from viewers as what little action that occurred finally picked up, and some of the cheesiness went away (though failed to die out completely). Still, the direction of the movie stayed true to the original story well enough, major characters were portrayed impressively, and the visuals met the high expectations that have become standard for a Peter Jackson film. As a fan of the book, I look forward to experiencing the final two installments after this viewing. Hopefully the 3D will be more impressive in the next films