Written July 24, 2014
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 15, 2012
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 January 04, 2013
Bilbo and Gollum scene was the best part. Visually the HFR took me about 20 mins to get used to. At first everyone looked like they were moving to fast. But by the time they got to the goblins I felt fully immersed in it and just enjoyed the crisp visuals. The cgi may not be ready for 48fps yet as it looked more like a video game at times. But I wouldn't want to see this movie any other way.
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!