Written May 05, 2015
I loved this first installment and can't wait to see the rest.
I saw it in 3D IMAX HFR. The IMAX HFR was awesome! But with that big of a screen, the 3D was kind of a distraction. If you moved your head, part of the image was fuzzy. The Hobbit doesn't warrant 3D in my opinion.
Written December 15, 2012
THE HOBBIT is the most expensive 3-star movie ever made. It suffers from one thing in particular: it's based on The Hobbit.
Its biggest problem is its schizophrenic nature, brought on by being the prequel and follow-up to one of the biggest cinematic achievements in history. It's like watching a Gollum/Smeagol conversation in cinematic form: Children's story. War epic. Children's Story! War EPIC! There are moments that I'm back in undergrad watching the Lord of the Rings again with my buddies. But those moments are few and far in between.
This is a tale of adventure and whimsy, not the horrors of an emerging war. There are tonal issues inherent from adapting a children's book in the first place. There's an incredible last hour of this movie, starting with the long-awaited reappearance of Gollum. But folks, you will have to muster up patience.
In closing, I can say that The Hobbit avoids doing what many prequels and distant sequels do: it does not damage the legacy.
Written December 18, 2012
It takes too long for th adventure to begin. They could have cut 20 min out of the first 45 minutes and improved the film. Once the trek began the pace picked up and I enjoyed the rest. .
Written December 17, 2012
I deeply enjoyed this movie! I bought tickets for my boyfriend and I to see in IMAX 3D since he'd never seen an IMAX 3D movie. He liked it! Also, he's more into Lord of the Rings than I am, and he said it met his expectations. Go see it!
Written April 22, 2015
Of course the graphics and imagery were great....but I almost fell asleep during this movie.
It was too similar to the Lord of the Rings and just simply not as good.