Written June 26, 2016
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 December 17, 2012
I loved the movie after it got going. The first part kinda dragged on. I was restless in my seat but then there were alot of action scenes and it did not disappoint! I want to see it again!
Written March 02, 2015
Saw it in 3D HFR and was blown away with the clarity. There are lots of movies out there that we all complain about not being true to the book, this one was excruciatingly filled with detail from the book. Although they did take some artistic license with the plot, I thought it flowed well and was surprised how quick the time flew. It did leave me with the same feeling I had after the first LOTR, wishing they had gone a bit farther but with anticipation for the next in the trilogy.
Written May 31, 2016
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 September 01, 2016
"The Hobbit" is a good movie, specially if you are a hardcore Tolkien fan, and even then you'll probably have a couple of problems with Jackson's choices.
I watched the HFR 3D version of the movie. The 3D was mostly distracting, except in a few scenes in which the use of the technology really enhanced the visuals. The HFR on the other hand, I would skip altogether. It is a bit much; I can only describe it as hyperrealism. It works as long as there's no CGI on the screen, but the minute you introduce any CGI element it looks like you are watching a video game mini feature. By the time the movie ended I was totally over the whole thing.
So, my recommendation is watch it, skip the HFR and 3D; don't take kids to the theater with you (the movie is way, way too violent; there's no blood, but plenty of beheadings), and be aware that you'll be watching a Hobbit full of Silmarillion and LTR back story. Still, the length of the movie wasn't that much of an issue when compared to "Avatar"