Written February 20, 2013
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Written May 25, 2016
poor showing for a potentially great storyline. the cinematic effects were distracting, looked more like a cartoon or kids documentary, instead of a movie. wait and see it at home
Written December 15, 2012
This is what my feeling about the movie was for most of the time. It does not catch a feeling of a real world but at all times you see it as a setup. I can't recall any movie but cheapest shows and low budget movies to provide such a feeling.
I am not going to even mention stupidity of some scenes. I'm not going to object splitting the book into 3 movies. Indeed I would love to have it in three movies with exciting details added in. But it's all turned into a senseless action.
As an example let's turn to a scene when the company is forced onto the trees. It's a rare moment even in the book when Gandalf uses his wizardy tricks to put magic fire onto the pine cones. Would the director use the chance? No. In the movie Gandalf uses his staff as a lighter and there is nothing magical about the scene at all.
Trolls scene totally lacked original humor too.
I'm giving "oh, no!" so you can go and see it for yourselves. A total disappointment for the most of the movie time.
Written February 19, 2013
Great for adults and kids. We saw the 3D version which was really cool.
Written January 27, 2015
I don't understand all the hate towards the HFR technology. I thought it looked amazing and was nice to see a new format. I would very much like to see more action movies filmed in this format.