Written December 18, 2012
The Lord of the Rings was among my favorite movies of all times so I had high expectations for The Hobbit. Perhaps I would have liked it better if I hadn't read the book several times. Perhaps I would have liked it better if I hadn't read and seen Lord of the Rings several times. But I have.
My biggest complaints are that for some reason Jackson thought it was a good idea to add all kinds of goofy comedy to what was written as a rather dark story. He channeled George Lucas and managed to make the wizard Radagast into the Jarjar Binks of Middle Earth.
A lesser complaint is that he also altered content by adding his own extra spin on some scenes that just didn't work for me. There was nothing wrong with the way Tolkien wrote the book. Stick to it. I know you have to subtract from stories for time reasons but you should not be adding your own content.
I was excited about this new set of films. Now I am not even sure I will see the 2nd one in the theatre.
Written September 30, 2016
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.
Written February 08, 2016
Over the weekend I saw this movie in both normal and HFR IMAX 3D just to compare the experiences (and because it's a great film). I was amazed how much better the IMAX version was and it did NOT look like video. I think people are confused by the 40 minutes of footage that was actually filmed in IMAX. Those look a lot clearer and brighter than the rest of the footage, but have NOTHING to do with the HFR.
The movie itself is super fun and doesn't it take itself as serious as The Lord of the Rings. Beautiful, heart warming, and fun. Can't wait for the next one!
Written January 16, 2017
Its only fitting that Peter Jackson finishes out the Tolkien mainstay books as film. That being said, there were a few things I could have done without, some of the dwarfs were over cgi'd in my opinion, Thorin and several others looked fine, but others not quite so, it was at times distracting for me. Though I enjoyed the show immensely I cannot help but think it seemed not quite as well done as The Lord of the Rings trilogy was, which is perplexing since most of the same folks were involved. That's been something that's sorta nagged at the back of my mind ever since seeing it, though honestly I cannot point to any one thing that left me with that feeling. (Other than the dwarfs I suppose.)
All that aside I feel it is well worth seeing on the big screen, the vistas are just as stunning as they were in the trilogy, due to New Zealand's remarkable natural beauty, the returning actors are a delight to see again, and Richard Armitage does a great job as Thorin as does Ken Stott as Balin.
Written December 16, 2012
Too many scenes in 3D looked very fake. It took away from the experience. I would probably have enjoyed a regular screen viewing more. Many scenes at the beginning seemed silly and I found my eyes rolling at several instances. The movie did have some good points but not enough to think the movie as grand and worthwhile as the other trilogy. Somewhat disappointing.