Written January 01, 2013
I enjoyed the movie. Several actors from the Ring Trilogy appeared in their character roles in this movie. The cinematography and scenery were pretty spectacular. This may have been enhanced by the HFR. The 3D gave a certain depth to the visual experience. There were many story threads woven in the movie to set up background and future events. Seems like this trilogy will be richer than the original story and will be better tied into the Ring Trilogy. The movie might not be suitable for young children, so parents be careful. the movie left me wanting the next installment right away.
Written December 14, 2012
the high frame rate is distracting. There is no place in the image display to suspend disbelief. Any physical inconsistency is magnified by it. Particularly challenging were Dwarves juggling dishes and Dwarves cave-goblin-city wall slaloming on a stretch of rickety carpentry that a. miraculously survives just enough to save our heroes and b. can be seen staying upright with our heroes aloft in eerie detail through the whole descent from goblin city height to craggy final depth. kind of reminded me of watching "Thunderbirds". The story is a bit slow getting started. There are really great parts. Andy Serkis's Golem steals the movie. The last 20 seconds are killer
Written December 15, 2012
I had no idea what a difference the HFR 3D would make. It was the most visually stunning movie I've ever seen, and of course that it was The Hobbit, was perfection! The movie was amazing, and lived up and surpassed expectations. I would not see this one any other way than the HRF 3D, it was like being right there in the movie the whole time. Awesome!!! We will definitely be seeing this one again!
Written February 10, 2013
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Written September 19, 2014
Even though The Hobbit was my least of all favorite books including the Lord of the Rings, I still loved it. The movie held it's place where it belonged... still not quite as good as LotR, but still amazing!