So it is in theaters, and we know that some of you have already seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.

We want to know what you think! Use the comment section below to share your thoughts, ideas, praise, and criticism, of the film that is being expanded to two more feature films.



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  1. Good as expected. They did include more songs from the book than I expected and they were all done well. It felt a lot less serious, especially in the beginning, than LoTR but then again it should be. Did really like the new actor for Bilbo, his facial expression really sells him as a character. Didn’t like the historical flashbacks as much this time around.

    • The actor is Watson from Sherlock on BBC. Watch it, quite awsome!
      Glad to hear it was good. Makes me less scared to go see it.

  2. More that I had ever hoped for.
    Interesting how they made this a prequal to LoTR when in fact this was out first.
    The book is very old (wonderfull but old) and they made a fresh story with old material.
    They stayed true to the “spirit” of the book, and not so much the text – a good choice.

  3. It lived up to my expectations. Admittedly, I never had much reverence for the books, but I really like the LOTR films. The Hobbit is lighter in tone, aiming at a somewhat younger audience, and it works for the movie.
    It is a mite long though, and could’ve done without a song or two.
    If you enjoyed the books, or the previous movies, you will enjoy this. That being said, if you didn’t…then you likely won’t.

  4. I went and watched it with the girlfriend last night, and we both REALLY enjoyed it. We both said that the 3D was amazingly well done (atmospheric and continued throughout rather than just used for certain in your face scenes) and want to see it in the 48 fps as there were a few scenes where motion blur actually caused an issue.

    Going again to see it tonight with my younger brother (in 2D this time).

  5. I really, really enjoyed this movie. It makes a fine addition to the LOTR movie universe. The differences between the book and the film – and the extra material that was included – did serve to take me out of the movie because I found myself comparing these scenes with the original story, but this is my only complaint. This movie is quite a bit darker and more violent than the original story – let parents of young children beware – but then again, Peter Jackson no doubt found it necessary to make some of these changes to tie the film in better with LOTR than the original book. Let’s face it, the elves in the book are little better than silly and vicious pranksters, not the noble creatures we later found in LOTR, and the original book was filled with silly talking animals as well as modern references (such as popguns) that Tolkien later came to regret including in the book. I saw it in 2-D and did not miss the 3-D effects at all, though I suspect the stone giant battle would be awesome in 3-D.

  6. Arcturus Mengsk on

    As I discussed via the Twitter last night with Zach, I saw the HFR 3D last night…and was kind of underwhelmed. First, the HFR part. The first hour was rather jarring and I kept hearing Stephen in the back of my head going “This looks like it belongs on the BBC!” The dinner and dishes scenes were especially bad. By the time they got to Rivendell the shock had worn off and it looked amazing. The scenery was breathtaking. My wife, either through not knowing about the difference going in or just not being as sensitive, claimed to not notice anything fishy . For whatever reason–maybe since it’s 10 years later so we know all the tricks, maybe the HFR or the 3D–stuff like the forced perspective, stand-ins and CG that worked so well in the LotR series really didn’t hold up this time. Trying to line up a viewing of the regular version for comparison’s sake.

    While overall the movie was good with flashes of great, it seemed like Jackson was trying too hard to recreate the lightning in a bottle he had with the original trilogy–and falling short. The differences in the story were as irritating this time around as they were in LotR, and I’m apprehensive about how successfully he’s going to fill out another 6 hours of film. The primary cast members were great, and Gollum was tremendous…the views of him while Bilbo was in the shadow realm were truly heartbreaking. If I sound disappointed it’s because I am, not because it was a bad film, but it just couldn’t replicate the magic of LotR (imperfect though it was). Overall I’d give it a B with upside potential after I see the standard version.

  7. Regardless of how this stacks up. Who didn’t get chills when the misty mountain song hit. Just powerful, this movie was good and made me feel like this was indeed middle earth.

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