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Posted on 12/15/2012 2:39:40 PM PST by Perdogg
I was going to avoid it because I saw too many mental Hobbits (no offense to Hobbits) on election day. I was wondering if it was any good.
Next week I will see "Jack Reacher" and post a review.
Didn’t see either one but Reacher got panned for casting Cruise to play a 6’4” Marine. ..and rightfully so.
I have not seen it, but I definitely will in the next week. Favorite author and Peter Jackson did an incredible job with the previous films for LOTR.
Saw it today in IMAX 3D High Frame Rate. It was good, though not as good as the LOTR trilogy. The high frame rate just ended up being distracting, frankly, but the 3D was done very nicely.
Bonus: it started with a 10-min (I think) preview of the new Star Trek movie.
I’ll probably wait until I can buy the BlueRay DVD as it will be cheaper than going to the movie.
The LOTR books are better, with deeper and more meaningful truths, than the Hobbit.
It’s been very well rated at imdb.
I've read all of the "Jack Reacher" books. Lee Child and Nelson DeMille are two of my favourite authors. I have no problem with Cruise playing Reacher, despite his height.
I haven't seen either movie, though.
I actually have “The Hobbit” on disc. It is the old CED format and it is animated.
It is pretty good actually and I normally would never watch a cartoon version of anything.
Many years ago my Daughter picked it out or I never would have seen it.
That would work out to roughly a buck per minute...yeah, that's happening.
*SQUEALING WITH DELIGHT* A Jack Reacher movie? Do tell!
I saw it last night. Plenty of action with amazing luck for the Dwarf side! I read the Hobbit twice back in my youth and there is a lot of stuff here that was not in those books but which was somewhere in Lord of The Rings, (If only the appendix). I did not realize it was going to be a three part movie, so they had to draw from more than just the Hobbit to fill three movies! Overall I think the movie is better than the book itself because it tells a larger story than that of the dwarfs and the dragon. I was entertained and forgot Obama was destroying America if only for a few hours.
Am taking my kids to see it Christmas Eve. The Hobbit is a children’s story, so it’s going to be different than the LOTR.
Just saw it this afternoon, cannot recommend it. Same ole, same ole, as someone said, without the depth of LOTR.
Same ole monsters (Orcs, etc.), bad guys - Bilbo and Frodo haven’t aged a day surprisingly.
Frame rate too fast, typical 2 second shots, lots of action at times, dialog kept simple. Stunning scenery tho.
Not planing to see the others coming.....leaves you hanging at end to make you go to the next one. But hey, I’m 67, so younger ones will think differently. 4 of my kids 27 to 34 asked me to join them, and was glad to do so.
Bad thing is to get a decent seat, you have to sit through trailers for at least 15 garbage movies before the movie starts. But, that’s just the way it is today.......
We saw it today. Visually and artistically it was amazing. But I expected it to follow the book word for word. I’d have been better off going in with no expectations.
However, a really meaningful theme is working through a desire for vengeance and revenge, trying to rise above that.
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 had a pretty bad head ache and at the beginning when its all sunny, it felt like I was 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 music was top notch. I will be buying the sound track.
I will go to a theatre to watch it...and will ultimately add it to my LOTR video collection.
Like you said, good escapist stuff from some of the uglier aspects of reality. I am disappointed to hear that it will be released in three parts, though.
I guess we can expect The Silmarillion eventually..
That sounds like a lovely way to spend Christmas Eve with your children. We have all of the LOTR on DVD, and watch it often.
The Reacher books are great, Tom Cruise.....meh......
Good grief, can you imagine how many movies it would take to do the Silmarillion?
Take a look at the link at post 23. :)
I’ll wait for a pirated copy, if I watch it at all. I’m a bit picky about keeping my dollars from crossing enemy lines.
Agree, except that the literary Jack Reacher may rip your liver out with his little fingeer for calling him a Marine. His father was a Marine; Jack Reacher was a soldier. West Point. U.S. Army.
Just came from seeing it with hubby. We both thought it STUNK. Could not wait for it to be over. We do like the original trilogy, although I am not too fond of part 2, call it the bad teeth movie, too many. We were pretty disappointed because we heard good things about it.
I wouldn’t go see the Hobbit, just so I can watch a trailer, but it’s certainly a bonus.
That Reacher flick looks pretty violent.
You sure you wanna risk walking out of the theater and going on a shooting spree?
I’m sure it could be done, because I don’t think the Silmarillion would be successful, at the box office.
It’s too high-minded and unrelateable. However, if they did make it, I’d go see it.
I saw it this afternoon with four of my children (12, 10, 8, 6) and a gaggle of other children from the homeschool association, plus parents. It had lots of walking, hiking, trekking, and fleeing in it, as well as scenic views of prominent tourism-ad scenes of New Zealand. And some snappy dialogue, vigorous fight scenes, lot of falling, and a truly cool giant white Warg. And a surprising star turn for rabbits.
We were all on our best behavior. Only my 8-year-old, who isn’t the sharpest knife in the chandelier, said, “That wasn’t in the book!” a little too loudly.
All things considered, I had a good time. It’s quite a long movie. The boys ate some pretzels, and I had an apple and a spinach and onion sandwich.
Hubby and I liked it. It was very intense at times and the three hours flew by. The 3D was neat and I wasn’t distracted by the HFR. Didn’t really notice it. The special effects were stunning and the music is good - themes from the LOTR.
I’m a huge fan of Martin Freeman who also plays Dr. Watson in the new Sherlock. He is beyond cute and has great facial expressions.
I really liked Thorin too.
I’d give in 4 stars as compared to 5 stars for LOTR. Escapism at its best and very welcome after a very bad news day yesterday,
Wouldn’t recommend it for Christmas Eve viewing (too intense in a bad way) or for children under 10-11 years of age. Way too violent and scary.
We saw the Hobbit this AM in 24 FPS, NO 3D on purpose. It was good (3 1/2 stars), but not really great compared to LOTR(5 stars). Boy I don’t know if Jackson can stretch two more movies out of Tolkein’s 1937 childrens story???
Peter Jackson is drawing upon other Tolkien works. We’re getting more than just the Hobbit.
I’d read any movie review you wrote.
Going monday. I’m expecting it to drag (there is simply not 3 movies in that book), but I’m nerdy enough to like it anyway.
Thank you. I figured the premise of the thread was, “Tell me something that will help me decide if I want to see the movie, without telling me everything so that I decide it would be a waste of time to see it.”
I thought the amount of time devoted to falling was excessive, but that’s just a personal taste. New Zealand is quite hilly, after all, so falling is appropriate to the landscape. Also, I’m sure I got drunk with some of the dwarves in my wasted youth in Texas. They have long lifespans.
“Bilbo and Frodo havent aged a day surprisingly.”
It’s a prequel. Why would they have aged?
gandolf said that hobbits make good thieves. Therefore I’m not going to see a movie about hobbitual criminals.
especially on opening weekends with masses of crowds.
I think Adam Baldwin would have made a great Jack Reacher.
We thought there would be crowds this afternoon, and had bought our tickets in advance and arrived early, but the showing we saw was lightly attended, at most 1/3 full. Everyone got the seats they wanted!
This was at a low-tech-visuals screening, due to our taking fairly young children (6-year-olds), and my problem with throwing up. I didn’t ask our organizer what she thought about the kicked-up 3D version when she saw it with her teenagers last night. We’ll discuss it at Tolkien’s Birthday Party on January 3, when we meet for Thematic Snacks and the last hurrah of the Hobbit Club.
I don’t think I’ve seen a Tom Cruise movie all the way or most of the way through since “Top Gun.”
I heard Reacher is getting delayed due to the CT shooting.
The three movies are NOT “in that book.” Most of what the movies consist of are from the Appendices in “The Return of the King.” It gives the origins and histories of the races of Middle Earth, and therefore, are essential to “The Hobbit.”
Please, cast aside your preconceived ideas about “The Hobbit,” and look at it as a movie (or Movies) to be experienced, as LOTR was.
Just sayin’. ;o]
I did not find that it dragged. I enjoyed the way the characters were done, even if they were different from how I would have written them.
As for the book on its own, I think it would have been hard to do a great job in one movie, and three would be too much. Maybe two, allowing for more of the author’s dialogue.
I was going to go see it today . . . but $7.50 for a matinee ticket? huh?
I remember getting to see two movies, get a box of popcorn and a soft drink and get about 35 cents change back on my dollar.
I remember when movie cost 15 Cents for kids.
Even when money was tight, our parents would let me and my two Brothers go to the Bay Theater in Panama City on Saturdays.
There would usually be a Gene Autry or Roy Rogers or Tarzan movie on. There would also be a cartoon amd a serial.
I saw it in 3D with the family. I only go to the theater once a year (hate bankrolling the American hating hollywood ingrates). I did enjoy the movie. Didn’t much care for radagast brown with bird poop down the side of his face nor his wicker sled pulled by rabbits at Mach 2. The fight/flee scene in the mountain had me thinking I was watching an extended “Raiders of the Lost Ark” roller coaster scene. If I had it to do over, I would watch again. 7/10