Written December 13, 2013
Not as good as the first one. Flashback opener is good, but after that the movie has no beginning, no end, and no discernable plot inbetween. But it does seem to loosely hint at a book that Tolkien once wrote.
Written December 31, 2013
The movie was excellent! Beautiful panoramic scenes and overall great story telling. I did take my 8 year old son with me who really enjoyed the movie he thought there were a couple of scary parts but nothing that kept him awake at night. Enjoy!
Written April 04, 2014
I saw all three of the original motion pictures for LOTR in theaters, so needless to say I'm going to do the same for The Hobbit. The Hobbit movies focus on some small details that the original films don't. Such as the finding and and naming of the different weaponry some of the characters use. This is an excellent film with great special effects, and I look forward to the conclusion.
Written December 14, 2013
How the hell, Mr. Jackson, do you wake up in the morning and say, "Well, this is the 7th best-selling book of all time, known and loved by generations of people universally across the world. It's sold more copies than "Huckleberry Finn," "The Great Gatsby," "The Grapes of Wrath," and "War and Peace" COMBINED. Guess that means I'd better add a bunch of stuff and fix it. Obviously, it's not good enough, and I'm the right man to improve upon it!" What kind of ego does it take to say that? Respect the original material, Jackson. You've clearly forgotten this story is not about you.
Written December 15, 2013
You might ask what Flash Gordon has to do with Peter Jackson's Tolkein franchise? Back in the thirties, Flash Gordon movies used to end right in the middle of things. But, because the audience knew that, they hardly thought the films unsatisfying. In fact, they were among the most popular box office staples of that generation. This latest installment of Jackson's does that same thing, but without the warning that it's become a 'serial,' too. So, yes, while the film measures up to the best CGI and other special FX and the acting's good, and the story, while diverging significantly from the original delivers an engaging experience, the ending leaves you, well, unsatisfied. It is as if they had a film they chopped in half to make two films. Or, I guess, in this case, into thirds, or fourths or whatever they will eventually squeeze out of this vehicle without giving us the benefit of telling us they're doing that.