Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Reviews

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  • 5
    This movie ROCKS..........................wonder if there's a part 2???
  • 4
    I do not care what the critics are saying, they are just stupid because the film was awesome and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. I have read the book and i really appreciated the fact that Jackson stayed very close to it. He did expand on some stories but I did not mind that, I actually really enjoyed it. The film was absolutely beautiful visually and Jackson has not lost his touch for creating amazing and magical world. Freeman was a better Bilbo than i could have imagined, I was so impressed with him and delighted with his performance. Overall, I thought the film was spectacular and it is well worth seeing on the big screen.
  • 4
    I am a huge fan of Tolkien’s books and “The Hobbit” was a first book I have ever read and up to this day it is my favorite book. I have watched all of “The Lord of The Rings” movies and I loved every single one of them. When I heard that Jackson is making “The Hobbit” I was so excited and I could not wait to see it. I was not disappointed with this film, it was amazing and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. Jackson stayed very true to the book and it was delightful, the characters were amazing and visuals were out of this world. The film was entertaining and enchanting and if you are a fan you will have the best time, but I think even people who did not see previous films will enjoy watching “The Hobbit”.
  • 4
    I really liked this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. I have seen all of “The Lord of the Rings” films and mostly enjoyed them all but I think “The Hobbit” is my favorite one. The film looked amazing and once again Jackson created a world full of magic and he stayed so close to Tolkien’s book. The film is made very well, it is entertaining and competent. Freeman is a great actor and I think he was a perfect Bilbo Baggins, I was very happy with his performance. I think the fans will have a blast watching this film, however people who are not fans might find the film to be a bit too long.
  • 5
    Let there be no doubt: this is one helluva movie. It's as special as you would hope it would be since it's from Peter Jackson and based on Tolkien's much beloved children's tale. The only thing I would complain about is that my friends and boyfriend insisted on seeing it in 48 frames per second, which I have to admit I did not like. It took me a while to adjust to the way the movie looked and even then I kept thinking I was watching a soap opera. The extra frames per second are a distraction and make the movie look less cinematic. I will definitely be seeing this again, but only at the standard 24 frames per second. The best part of the movie is definitely the sequences with Gollum/Smeagol. I think Andy Serkis should be nominated for his work because he really brings the character to life in ways that no other actor could. This is definitely the fantasy movie of the year.
  • 4
    Yes, it's true: I loved this movie! I'm almost embarrassed to say it because Lord of the Rings fans are a special brand of uber super nerd, but this is a movie that I think anyone who likes to go to see epic movies will like. And yes, this movie is as epic as it gets. Everything about it, from the story to the setting to the performances to the CGI is just expertly done and seems to spring to life with more imagination than you can possibly imagine. I loved Ian McKellan and Cate Blanchett in their roles and wish there was more of Blanchett in the movie. It was great to see old faces like Elijah Wood in the movie and mostly it's nice that a stodgy young British actor like Martin Freeman really gets to shine in this movie. I hope the next two Hobbit movies do what the Lord of the Rings movies did: get infinitely better with each release! This one is for everyone, not just the diehard Tolkien or Peter Jackson fans.
  • 5
    In a word: WOW! In two words: MUST SEE!!! This is the epic movie event of the year, and not since The Return of the King has there been a better movie to make sure you see in all of its glory on the big screen. I will definitely be seeing this movie again in 3D and in HFR and whatever other format they decide to release it in. I think it's just the best of the best and it definitely deserves a special place in the pantheon of all-time great movies (sorry, Citizen Kane, time to put you away). The movie is so epic and so totally magical that you just can't stop thinking about it after you see it. It just LIVES with you after the whole thing is over. I loved Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and he definitely should be nominated for Best Actor at this year's Oscars. I also loved the performance by Andy Serkis as Gollum who always know to give the best "Precious!" performance on film. AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!!!
  • 4
    Like most people, I read "The Hobbit" as a kid and I liked it a lot. I liked it more than I liked "The Lord of the Rings" books which I had to reread in high school before I really understood them. That being said, I think "The Lord of the Rings" movies are generally better than what I saw in "The Hobbit" though for no fault of Peter Jackson's. The movie is set in the same Shire and feels and looks just like the original trilogy did, but the story takes a long time to take off and since the movie is nearly 3 hours long, it can be quite a tedious journey for anyone who does not absolutely love the writings of Tolkien. Since I do love his books, I was willing to sit through the movie, though I think my kids (even my teen boys) were kinds of bored in the middle part. They wanted to more action and less talking, which is the opposite of how the movie played. I think the series should get stronger, just like The Lord of the Rings did.
  • 5
    o or Frodo? Sauron or Saruman? 48 frames per second or 24 frames per second?

    It turns out that none of these binaries are particularly pertinent to the reception that the first third of the mega epic that is The Hobbit trilogy will receive. The real battle roayle (as it were) is between Peter Jackson and J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Fans of the book will cry foul at some of the things that have been left out for expediency’s sake and will cry doubly (or triply) foul for the addition of character and story elements that Tolkien never conceived of in what is basically a children’s adventure story.

    But literary purists know they are vastly outnumbered by the legions of non-Tolkienites that will have gladly surrendered well over a billion (or two) dollars to Warner Bros. by the time the last film releases in 2014. A Peter Jackson trilogy set in Middle Earth and in the shadow of Gandalf has attained the status of pseudo religion as far as cinephiles, science fiction nerds, and fantasy devotees are concerned. Tolkien has fashioned a story so gripping and so universal that it now stands as the most awaited cinematic event 75 years after it was first published. Imagine telling a publisher that in 1937.

    And yet, for all its narrative power, Peter Jackson will have supplanted the name of Tolkien in the minds and hearts of all who will see this film and wonder how such a fantastical world with such amazing characters and heart-rending themes could come to be. Blame the power of mass media entertainment, blame the fact that Harry Potter is the real fantasy hero of the last 100 years – heck, blame the fact that Tolkien seemed to have written the adventures of Bilbo and Frodo in an almost indecipherable, esoteric, and overwrought manner that no one outside an Ivy League English department would dare read the stories for their own sake in 2012.

    The first thing that comes across in The Hobbit is not its technical proficiency. Yes, it is visually stunning, and the CGI is even better than in The Return of the King (especially where Gollum/Smeagol is concerned), but above all the movie reminds us that its makers have attempted to retell the story with reverence for both the words and the spirit of the source material. It is, in essence, a homage to Tolkien and the world he created. Jackson got it right the first time around; he does much the same this time as well.

    And yet the movie, to be perfectly and unabashedly frank, doesn’t feel much like Tolkien. It’s more idyllic than rustic, more fantasy than farce, and more poetry than prose. That may be the way Jackson wanted it – he has, after all, trademarked his own special brand of Middle Earth-isms that are now lexicon in the vocabulary of movie buffs and Frodo fans everywhere. You do, at times, feel like you’re watching a busy but tedious lead up to The Fellowship of the Ring – and that’s exactly what the movie is.

    That the movie is compelling, awe-inspiring, and everything you want a movie to look and sound like is obvious. The cast is frankly pitch perfect (especially Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins) and their chemistry makes the movie entertaining even when the plot begins to lag. You should be thankful that Ian McKellan and Cate Blanchett play their parts with such utter grace: never has a smoke of the pipe or a wince of the eye looked more convincing on screen. Now that’s acting.

    Many of you will be wondering if The Hobbit is a worthy successor to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or, is it something akin to what The Phantom Menace was to the celebrated Star Wars franchise? Rest assured The Hobbit is no blot on the name of Tolkien or the original trilogy, but only occasionally does it ascend to the majesty of the best sections of The Two Towers and The Return of the King. The Hobbit takes its time to build to its frenzied crescendos, and it has substantially less action than any of The Lord of Rings movies. This may upset some who want to see the same amount of dragon chasing and sword stabbing as they did in Frodo’s quest to Sauron.

    The Hobbit is, ultimately, the product of Peter Jackson’s vision and love of Tolkien’s story: whether it is deemed a success or a failure, it is Jackson who will wholly (and solely) own it.

    After all, are we really so dense so as not to know that it was Peter Jackson who wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings . . . just as it was Walt Disney who wrote Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland? Modern audience’s hearts grow cold at the very mention of the names of counterfeit authors like Tolkien, J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, and Carlo Collodi.

    Whether or not this is a good thing, I’ll let others decide.

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