Written July 02, 2015
This retelling of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey HFR 3D is a marvel to watch. Not being a Tolkien purist or even a big fan, it's amazing how Peter J is able to expand on the story of Bilbo Baggins & company into a magically compelling storytelling of a very favorite children's book. Luckily, his source material, the Silmarillion, is full of everything Tolkien, which he was able to pull out all the necessary details to make his version a wondrous accomplishment. Yes, I love this first installment of what can turn out to be even better, stylistically and technically, than his previous trilogy, LOTR. Be prepared to let your eyes adjust to all the visuals because the HFR 3D version heightens the sense of realism to the point that you may want to reach out and touch Gandalf's walking staff or older Bilbo's freshly written page. I did experience some eye strain during some parts but it readily disappeared as you watch the movie. But, anyways, I think you'll enjoy the movie with a smile.
Written February 10, 2016
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 15, 2012
I saw the movie in 45 frame per second 3D format. I'm not sure if watching the movie this way is quite necessary but I loved the movie. I went to the movies with a few friends and we all liked it. One of my friends (who is an avid reader) said "it was like watching a book come to life". I stole the title for this review from him. It is true in some new way I haven't had the pleasure of exeriencing before it was like watching my imagination come to life on the screen. I am now quite delighted by the idea that I get to return to this story two more times. I believe anyone who loves fantisy will love this story for that reason alone. The movie is not the Hobbit book but it is the the Hobbit and when you watch the movie you will know what I mean by that.
Now for some negatives: there are some pretty cheesy, corny one liners and the Orcs (goblins don't quite do it for me in this movie. Radagast was almost too wierd but loved anyways.
Finally great movie you must go and watch it.
Written May 22, 2015
I LOVED the first part of this new trilogy. If you've read the book, it's interesting to see what parts they've added from the appendices in LOTR. Seeing it in 3D is amazing, especially when they're in Rivendell and in the goblin kingdom. I just might go see it again.
Written February 07, 2016
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!