Written December 24, 2012
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 30, 2012
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 December 15, 2012
Liking this movie was easier because I've read 'The Hobbit' and the 'Lord of the Rings' books. I really liked all the goblin and orc and warg killing, but I couldn't enjoy some scenes as much because they contained more campy humor than I found appropriate and/or had a deus ex machina feel, where things work out just so to save the group at the last minute. This wouldn't be a problem for me if it was limited to one or two instances, but a majority of the adventure part of the film is just one deus ex machina moment after the next. Even though the movie suffered from that, I still liked it quite a bit.
Bottom line: you'll probably enjoy this movie if you're a fan of fantasy or the Lord of the Rings. Everyone else, you may be better off going to see Lincoln or some other serious movie.
Written December 15, 2012
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!
Written February 17, 2013
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