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.
Written November 25, 2014
Characters are cartoonish and not in a good way, especially the king of underground creatures.. Laws of physics sometimes work and sometimes not. Dwarves sometimes have supernatural strength but they can't win against enemies. And constant comic relief, my god... There is nothing adult, dramatic or dark in this movie. And it ends with damn eagles saving the day as always. Well, take the damn eagles to the your final destination, why don't you and skip the whole movie? I can't believe that I had such high expectations and spend extra money and time to watch it in IMAX / HFR / 3D. Hobit is not for the fans of LOTR and no amount of high tech can change that.
Written December 15, 2012
But I made two just like this in the bathroom this morning.
In short, the IMAX is awesome, the 3D is need and the HFR was interesting. I'm not sure of it was the combination of some of those, but most of the movie seemed too bright and without the regular camera filters (kind of like daytime soaps); so, it was kind of like watching a bunch of guys doing LARP with someone following them around with a video camera.
Many of the scenes are way too long and drawn out (to turn this single book into a three part movie) and the included songs are alarming -- the scoring and choreography of the musical performances gives the actors the appearance of being more suited for Broadway than the big screen.
The scare/edge factor is considerably less than LOTR and I hate what's going on the goblins speaking in a fairly normal human voice.
All in all, I was very disappointed. That being said, will I watch the rest? Yeah, because it's The Hobbit.
Written October 01, 2014
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 April 25, 2015
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!