Maybe Mr. Jackson should have stuck to: “Kill Smaug - Part One” and “Kill Smaug - Part Two”
I just want to see the 9 minute star trek clip they before the Hobbit.
saw it today, we did a school field trip - it was great.
It’s been 30 years since I’ve read the book - so it was fun to see how much of it I did remember.
I have to be honest, it was a pretty amazing break from the reality of the evil of the world today. It completely took me away for almost 3 hours.
The kids that went were from 2nd grade through 8th grade, all of them loved it - Wasn’t sure if my daughter would be afraid in parts of it, but she only covered her eyes during a couple of fight scenes.
I would love to watch it again, you’d catch different things every time you watched it.
Pf. I don’t even give critics the time of day anymore. They’re usually wrong about what I like anyway. :D
When will Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” series become a film?
I just saw the movie this evening. The color and 3D were very good. When the movie stuck to the book it was superb. Anytime the movie strayed from the book it broke the natural rhythm a bit but probably helped LOTR movie-goers who have never read The Hobbit since they are experiencing the movie as a prequel. All in all, I found it to be a most enjoyable movie. LOTR fans will not be disappointed. JRRT purists may shudder in a few scenes but they will recover.
A quote from the movie that left an impression upon me (from memory, so it may not be exact):
[He] believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay; small acts of kindness and love.
I am not sure why, from an epic fantasy adventure, that one line has stuck with me afterwards. Maybe because it is true?
Whenever I hear rave reviews of a movie, I’m always let down. And when I hear a movie is awful I end up enjoying it. Hudson Hawk is great fun in my book (I’m a Bruce Willis fan) although I’ve heard it called one of the worst movies of all time. Just contrarian, I guess.
That being said, I’m a Tolkien purist & I’ve already seen scenes that just annoy the h*ll out of me. If I see it, it’ll be on tv in a year or two.
These are the same critics that picked some woody allen movie over Star Wars for best picture.
I thought the movie was incredible!
Now if your expecting it to be the next Return of the King(The Greatest Movie of all time) it is not.
But it's not suppose to be.
I saw it in 3D. I must admit that was a mixed blessing.
I have a pretty bad head ache now and at the beginning when its all sunny, it feels like I'm watching it through a pair of shades.
But the 3D greatly improved when we went to Goblin Town and the Flight to Erebor was incredible!
So the Critics at the L.A. can go jump in The Long Lake!
The necessity to comment has driven me out of lurk-not-post mode for the first time in a long time. Critics be damned - I’d eagerly anticipated this for years, as The Hobbit was probably my favorite book growing up since reading it in jr high, even more so than the LOTR trilogy, so I took my kids (9, 11, 15) to the first showing this afternoon and we LOVED it.
Beautiful cinematography; funny - the dwarf arrival scene was priceless; charming - Bilbo’s demeanor was very well-suited to the book; casting was done well - Thorin especially stood out to me; and while some of the fight scenes required suspension of disbelief - how the dwarves and company could get through Goblin-town without injury let alone surviving the climactic fall had my 11 year old son and I rolling our eyes and laughing a little - overall it was quite an enjoyable adventure. The ring scene with Gollum was, to the best of my recollection, almost verbatum.
My 9 year old daughter, who granted has not read the books and has seen LOTR piece-meal, was not at all enthusiastic about going but left the theater saying “I stand corrected.” The embellishment of Randagast didn’t detract, IMO, and I’ll revisit the book and probably realize that I’ve forgotten enough that other changes didn’t jump out at me, but I do remember enough to feel as though a part of my childhood came to life today. I highly recommend seeing it on the big screen.
Oh and one more thing - the Great Goblin was so nasty he was hard to look at, kind of an orcan Jabba the Hut. :)
Saw it today. It was fairly good. It’s been a while since I read The Hobbit, but it does seem that Jackson is embellishing the story in order to stretch the plot out to three flicks.