Written January 14, 2014
Obviously, if you go to the Hobbit series movies you expect a 3 hour long movie. The storyline can be predictable and similar to the one before it, however, it was still very enjoyable. The graphics were meticulously done and it was a beautiful movie to watch -- especially on an IMAX screen in 3D.
It is frustrating when a movie ends on a cliffhanger though!! UGH! There could've been a little bit more resolution. Now we all sit for a year to see "what happens next."
Written January 17, 2014
This movie is an absolute disgrace. I know that movies change when compared to the book but I did not even recognize the movie. The movie was about greed pure and simple. In 3D the effects would have been awesome but a movie needs to be about more than that. The actors really did not have time to act so I do not know how the acting was since they were so busy worrying about the 3D
Written December 19, 2013
I went not expecting much after Unexpected Journey, which was a letdown. I was pleasantly surprised - this was much closer to the caliber of the LOTR movies. PJ took many, many artistic liberties, but most of them are tolerable. I can't wait until next year!
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.
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.