Written December 15, 2013
Watched it with my 7 and 9 year old. Entertaining; lots of action, stays more or less true to the book. They obviously left a couple parts out, presumably for the "anniversary" or "deluxe" edition, or whatever, after the dvd's release. Neither my son (9) nor my daughter (7) said they were scared, although my daughter wanted me to cover her eyes for a couple of scenes (less than 2 minutes of footage). There is some head chopping and violence, but no gore. Fun to watch, ends on a cliff-hanger (of course, for part 3).
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 January 16, 2014
I enjoyed seeing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug tonight. I went with my 20 year old son who filled me in a bit on what I missed in the first movie: The Hobbit. It didn't really matter,however, because this movie was a fast paced but intellectually satisfying experience. It is appropriate for the young and young at heart. The Elves are awesome!
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 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.