Written July 24, 2014
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 October 22, 2014
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 October 23, 2014
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.
Written October 01, 2014
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 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?