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 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 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 August 29, 2014
Peter Jackson has once again brought to life all those characters and dreams that I first had the first time I read the Hobbit in 5th grade. Uber-Kudos to him, his crew and the cast for bringing those characters to life in a way that brought tears to my eyes. HIs added nuances, such as the relationship of Galadriel and Gandalf, were things of dreams. And the scene of Thorin almost bowing to Bilbo brought back the images of Aragorn bowing to Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin. I cannot exalt this movie high enough. And all from the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien, who actually was one of the translators of my Bible! How can you get any better than that?! See this move and be enthralled by what is good, and right, and honorable! And then bring those same ideals to your own life. We who live today could very well learn from the simple folk of the Shire.
Written December 22, 2012
The film was excellent. Great characters, good plot, beautiful scenery, an all around great movie.Great special effects( 3D- Imax),surprisingly easy to follow story,(even for a Hobbit/Lord of the rings challenged person like me). I now have been enlightened to the amazing story portrayed. I now am a fan of the Hobbit -Lord of the rings movies and would gladly pay to see it again. Bilbo Baggins was a character who discovered much about himself in this movie. Gandolf was great and the Dwarf Soldiers were bold fighters for their cause.and Schmegal was his old self. Amazing experience and I would recomend it for adults and older children because the plot and violence was a bit much for younger children. Enjoy