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What did you think of...The Hobbit?

Dec. 14, 2012by: JoBlo

It's been 9 years since we last caught a Peter Jackson LOTR film on the big screen, but part 1 of THE HOBBIT trilogy was released today, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and we want to hear your opinions on it! We already posted three of our own reviewers' opinions over the past few weeks (JimmyO, Chris Bumbray and Eric Walkuski), so now it's your turn to let us know what you thought about the film. Please feel free to POST YOUR OWN REVIEWS in our strike back section below (or to your MFC profile) and we'll continue to update the Rotten Tomatoes and Movie Fan Central reviews over the next few days as well.

Rotten Tomatoes: 192 reviews, avg score: 65%
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: 4 reviews, avg score: 7.5/10

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4:41PM on 12/14/2012

3D HFR for the Win!!

I absolutely loved it!! The HFR was amazing!
I absolutely loved it!! The HFR was amazing!
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5:04PM on 12/14/2012

Really wanted to love it, but...

...I just couldn't. I knew coming in that it wouldn't be on as large a scale as the LOTR and that it'd be more personal, as I've read the book for the Hobbit and the LOTR books, while also viewing the extended editions multiple times. I consider myself one of the "hardcore" fans. A lot of reviews state that the casual fan won't like it as much, while the rest of us would absolutely love it. I found the exact OPPOSITE to be true unfortunately. My casual fan friends who haven't read the books or
...I just couldn't. I knew coming in that it wouldn't be on as large a scale as the LOTR and that it'd be more personal, as I've read the book for the Hobbit and the LOTR books, while also viewing the extended editions multiple times. I consider myself one of the "hardcore" fans. A lot of reviews state that the casual fan won't like it as much, while the rest of us would absolutely love it. I found the exact OPPOSITE to be true unfortunately. My casual fan friends who haven't read the books or even seen all of the LOTR movies seemed to enjoy it a lot, while I just couldn't get past many of the unnecessary changes that Peter Jackson was compelled to make. I won't go on a whole rant now, but I was disappointed. The movie did have its moments, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next twom but all of the little things added up in a big way, and i can't fathom giving this movie more than a 6.5 out of 10 at the most.
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5:14PM on 12/14/2012
Overall, I felt it was good and succeeded for the most part, but it just isn't in the same league as the LOTR films. Definitely dragged a bit in the middle, but Gollum picks it up immediately, still an incredible work of CG and Andy Serkis' talent....
Overall, I felt it was good and succeeded for the most part, but it just isn't in the same league as the LOTR films. Definitely dragged a bit in the middle, but Gollum picks it up immediately, still an incredible work of CG and Andy Serkis' talent....
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5:15PM on 12/14/2012

There's a lot of fat to trim

The first hour left me bored. However, once the adventure is underway, I think it is great. The scene with the giants is my favourite. One of the best set pieces Jackson has filmed.
The first hour left me bored. However, once the adventure is underway, I think it is great. The scene with the giants is my favourite. One of the best set pieces Jackson has filmed.
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6:09PM on 12/14/2012

I was soooooo bored.......

The only good scenes were the one's with Gollum. Them making this a trilogy made it drag on, and on, and on, and on , and on, and on, and on, and on, and.............
The only good scenes were the one's with Gollum. Them making this a trilogy made it drag on, and on, and on, and on , and on, and on, and on, and on, and.............
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6:19PM on 12/14/2012

I loved it!!!

Although it wasn't LOTR i was more than happy to be back in middle earth, hopefully some of the other dwarves will get some exposure over the next 2 films as it seemed some of them barely appeared. Also the cgi on Gollum this film was top notch at some points he looked real!!!
Although it wasn't LOTR i was more than happy to be back in middle earth, hopefully some of the other dwarves will get some exposure over the next 2 films as it seemed some of them barely appeared. Also the cgi on Gollum this film was top notch at some points he looked real!!!
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7:56PM on 12/14/2012

Meh.

I liked it but found the HFR as distracting as everyone said I would. Looked great during big action set pieces, but other than that, it looked like BBC theater. The feast at Bag End & Lothlrien council scenes could have each had 10 mins shaved off easily, but I really didn't mind them all that much. It was interesting enough.
Overall, it was a nice return to Middle Earth, though the Frodo stuff and other extraneous fluff could have been trimmed out for a smoother ride there... and back again.
I liked it but found the HFR as distracting as everyone said I would. Looked great during big action set pieces, but other than that, it looked like BBC theater. The feast at Bag End & Lothlrien council scenes could have each had 10 mins shaved off easily, but I really didn't mind them all that much. It was interesting enough.
Overall, it was a nice return to Middle Earth, though the Frodo stuff and other extraneous fluff could have been trimmed out for a smoother ride there... and back again.
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8:10PM on 12/14/2012

SIMPLY AMAZING

The beginning and intro to all of the story was long but necessary and setup was thorough. Your not going to be able to completely entertain everyone without setting some very important story facts without it. A great many things needed to be touched upon. Middle Earth is a very complicated universe with so many story lines. Getting through all those facts to set a viable entertaining story can be a daunting task with the complexity of the story about to be told.
THE REVIEW - the
The beginning and intro to all of the story was long but necessary and setup was thorough. Your not going to be able to completely entertain everyone without setting some very important story facts without it. A great many things needed to be touched upon. Middle Earth is a very complicated universe with so many story lines. Getting through all those facts to set a viable entertaining story can be a daunting task with the complexity of the story about to be told.
THE REVIEW - the movie moved along the way a Tolkien movie should move along. The rollercoaster way to telling these stories works. The important parts were captured perfectly. The Bilbo-Gollum encounter was awesome. Outside of the action sequences it was probably the most engrossing and it definitely set up Lord of the Rings very well. Matter of fact, the way Jackson has put together The Hobbit is amazingly faithful in it's detail in setting up LOTR that I was beyond impressed. The whole movie was and I'm sure the remaining episodes will make LOTR a more enjoyable with the historical prequel facts being acknowledged with this prequel trilogy.

Peter Jackson was born to put Tolkien's universe on to film. Again, he captures the essence of the story and takes it a bit further than you expect. Culling information from so many sources of Middle-Earth is not an easy task when you try to be faithful to the fans of the books and tell a story that the guy on the street can walk into and be entertained.

HFR 3D was like watching live action video. Very crisp and serves 3D very well since it didn't produce the semi-anuerism that usually occurs with 3D. I couldn't believe how this process takes you right into the movie. You are the literal Fly on the wall with this. Cannot wait to see the next two episodes. I also feel kind of jaded now and hope that more films are made with this process. I'm not going to say that this is a leap like from Silent to Talkies but the realism witnessed with this film definitely sets a standard for cinematic spectacles to come.
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8:21PM on 12/14/2012
I found the film to be enjoyable and often fun. Middle Earth is once action a fantasy world realized with true passion and conviction. I also found it to be long, too stretched, and with some unnecessary padding that doesn't really pay off (although hopefully some of it will eventually). And not as good as any of the LOTR films, which I loved. This doesn't have the same depth or emotion. But it is quite funny, and visually it's just wonderful. Gollum is remarkable. Despite some indulgences, I
I found the film to be enjoyable and often fun. Middle Earth is once action a fantasy world realized with true passion and conviction. I also found it to be long, too stretched, and with some unnecessary padding that doesn't really pay off (although hopefully some of it will eventually). And not as good as any of the LOTR films, which I loved. This doesn't have the same depth or emotion. But it is quite funny, and visually it's just wonderful. Gollum is remarkable. Despite some indulgences, I did enjoy returning to Middle Earth.
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8:36PM on 12/14/2012

Definetely going to be a Hit-or-Miss with everyone.

I thought it was great! I've always been partial to the book The Hobbit over LOTR, so I've been ready for this movie for 10 years now. I kept my excitement down, knowing it clearly wasn't as epic as LOTR (not to mention being slightly unsure how I feel about it being 3 movies). A Few gripes here and there. Will definitely feel long for some, though it didn't bother me.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed returning to Middle Earth and can't wait for Part II! And Martin Freeman rules as Bilbo
I thought it was great! I've always been partial to the book The Hobbit over LOTR, so I've been ready for this movie for 10 years now. I kept my excitement down, knowing it clearly wasn't as epic as LOTR (not to mention being slightly unsure how I feel about it being 3 movies). A Few gripes here and there. Will definitely feel long for some, though it didn't bother me.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed returning to Middle Earth and can't wait for Part II! And Martin Freeman rules as Bilbo Baggins.
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8:57PM on 12/14/2012

White Council

Old Saruman playing it off like there's nothing going on in Mirkwood.
Old Saruman playing it off like there's nothing going on in Mirkwood.
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9:09PM on 12/14/2012

great

I think the only ones that will be disappointed in this flick are those who cant let go of LOTR. Realize, this book was earlier, smaller and set in a much lighter time. No Sauron, no marching armies and the quest wasnt to save the world, just to take back a town. If you put it in context, its a near perfect film. a fun adventure that builds to a pulse pounding final 30 minutes. And Gollum was never better. Now, considering you still have elves, spiders, necromancers, dragons and the Battle of
I think the only ones that will be disappointed in this flick are those who cant let go of LOTR. Realize, this book was earlier, smaller and set in a much lighter time. No Sauron, no marching armies and the quest wasnt to save the world, just to take back a town. If you put it in context, its a near perfect film. a fun adventure that builds to a pulse pounding final 30 minutes. And Gollum was never better. Now, considering you still have elves, spiders, necromancers, dragons and the Battle of Five Armies left to go, I can see how they could do 3 movies
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12:10PM on 12/15/2012
There was just lots of talking, more than needed, and too many additions that were never in the actual book. It's hard to actually explain why, but I was just very bored by it. The action scenes never really did it for me either though.
There was just lots of talking, more than needed, and too many additions that were never in the actual book. It's hard to actually explain why, but I was just very bored by it. The action scenes never really did it for me either though.
5:56AM on 12/15/2012
please. elaborate.
please. elaborate.
5:56AM on 12/15/2012
sorry you were bored, lmlp. but its the start of a bigger story, not an amusement park ride. maybe they should, i dont know, introduce some characters? give some background? take breathers? by my count there were at least 7 action sequences, the last two lasting about a half hour. the rest was character development of Bilbo, back story on the dwarves, with a short break in the middle. I wasnt a fan of the Brown Wizard but I dont see how that would bore you.
sorry you were bored, lmlp. but its the start of a bigger story, not an amusement park ride. maybe they should, i dont know, introduce some characters? give some background? take breathers? by my count there were at least 7 action sequences, the last two lasting about a half hour. the rest was character development of Bilbo, back story on the dwarves, with a short break in the middle. I wasnt a fan of the Brown Wizard but I dont see how that would bore you.
9:29PM on 12/14/2012
Your first thought that you mentioned is 100% wrong.....That's not at all why I was disappointed. And The Hobbit is my 2nd favorite book, and I also read LOTR before the movies came out and I still enjoyed The Hobbit book more.
Your first thought that you mentioned is 100% wrong.....That's not at all why I was disappointed. And The Hobbit is my 2nd favorite book, and I also read LOTR before the movies came out and I still enjoyed The Hobbit book more.
9:25PM on 12/14/2012

Loved it. Great fun.

And I saw it at 48fps, and I'd give the high frame rate an 80/100. Super closeups and rapid fire cuts were a little too disorienting. But when cuts were allowed to breathe ... just damn. I genuinely enjoyed the 48fps, it's a little wonky right now, and it's realllllllllly jarring at first, movement at times seemed too fast. But the CGI monsters looked incredible, it adds a realism to them that is absolutely uncanny and I always preferred puppets and masks over CGI. I think it also helped
And I saw it at 48fps, and I'd give the high frame rate an 80/100. Super closeups and rapid fire cuts were a little too disorienting. But when cuts were allowed to breathe ... just damn. I genuinely enjoyed the 48fps, it's a little wonky right now, and it's realllllllllly jarring at first, movement at times seemed too fast. But the CGI monsters looked incredible, it adds a realism to them that is absolutely uncanny and I always preferred puppets and masks over CGI. I think it also helped portraying the height differences at times.

Oh and the movie is funny as fuck, I was laughing my ass off. Just so much fun.
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10:27PM on 12/14/2012

Went in with low expectations and was surprised.

After hearing so many mixed critic reviews, I was absolutely surprised at how much I really enjoyed "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". It followed the same formula as "The Fellowship of The Ring", while remaining visually captivating for being the start of a new trilogy. Wasn't as outstanding as any of the "Rings" films, but then again this prequel series isn't about a quest to save the world, it's an adventure to fight a dragon, and an adventure it most certainly is. A very, very
After hearing so many mixed critic reviews, I was absolutely surprised at how much I really enjoyed "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". It followed the same formula as "The Fellowship of The Ring", while remaining visually captivating for being the start of a new trilogy. Wasn't as outstanding as any of the "Rings" films, but then again this prequel series isn't about a quest to save the world, it's an adventure to fight a dragon, and an adventure it most certainly is. A very, very entertaining film filled with enough "Lord of the Rings" goodies to satisfy anyone who loved the trilogy. A wonderful and most pleasant surprise!
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12:57AM on 12/15/2012
Enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a little stretched out, but still very good. Here's my full review:

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Enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a little stretched out, but still very good. Here's my full review:

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8:36AM on 12/15/2012

8/10 Not as Good as LOTR, but a worthy prelude.

Couple of thoughts:

1. The digital de-aging on Ian Holm looked kind of odd.
2. Bombur had no lines whatsoever. Every dwarf should have been given at least a throw away line. (I'm sure the EE will remedy this.)
3. Despite being a "kid's film", the flashback to the battle at the gates of Moria is one of the most horrifying of the entire series (this is not a complaint). Hopefully the Battle of Five Armies can match that intensity.
4. Azog with the metal claw for an arm is pretty
Couple of thoughts:

1. The digital de-aging on Ian Holm looked kind of odd.
2. Bombur had no lines whatsoever. Every dwarf should have been given at least a throw away line. (I'm sure the EE will remedy this.)
3. Despite being a "kid's film", the flashback to the battle at the gates of Moria is one of the most horrifying of the entire series (this is not a complaint). Hopefully the Battle of Five Armies can match that intensity.
4. Azog with the metal claw for an arm is pretty badass.
5. Ian McKellan + Martin Freeman + Andy Serkis + army of WETA people = GOLD.
6. Radagast is a little too goofy for my tastes.
7. Aragorn > Thorin.
8. The score isn't quite as memorable as past films, though the Misty Mountains dwarf theme is quite good. Still a good score nonetheless.
9. No sense of closure. Having Azog die at the end would have remedied this, I think. The drawbacks of going to 3 films is apparent here. (though once you can pop the next movie into your blu-ray player in a couple of years, this will become less of an issue).
10. And finally...An Unexpected Journey serves as an excellent table setter for The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. If the flashback to the destruction of Dale is any indicator, both films should be epic.
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8:51AM on 12/15/2012
It followed the book. Curious how the 2nd and 3d movies will end up. Some scenes perhaps a little long. But overall it does the source material justice and much more. 7/10.
It followed the book. Curious how the 2nd and 3d movies will end up. Some scenes perhaps a little long. But overall it does the source material justice and much more. 7/10.
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10:58AM on 12/15/2012
Went in expecting to be disappointed, and even prepared to be bored at times (which many reviews led me to believe) but that was not the case. I was totally invested from the get go and once they set off on their adventure it was non stop fun. I loved it.
Went in expecting to be disappointed, and even prepared to be bored at times (which many reviews led me to believe) but that was not the case. I was totally invested from the get go and once they set off on their adventure it was non stop fun. I loved it.
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11:27AM on 12/15/2012

As a non-die hard LOTR fan....

To give you a brief history, I was a big fan of the original 3 movies. Never read the books, and never maintained a die-hard status once they were released, but I thought they were great movies. After hearing the mixed reviews of The Hobbit, I went in with lowered expectations.

But as I saw the 48fps version with Dolby Atmos Sound, the movie was MUCH better than anticipated. Right off the bat, I LOVED the 48fps. When I saw Avatar for the first time, I almost puked because of the strobing and
To give you a brief history, I was a big fan of the original 3 movies. Never read the books, and never maintained a die-hard status once they were released, but I thought they were great movies. After hearing the mixed reviews of The Hobbit, I went in with lowered expectations.

But as I saw the 48fps version with Dolby Atmos Sound, the movie was MUCH better than anticipated. Right off the bat, I LOVED the 48fps. When I saw Avatar for the first time, I almost puked because of the strobing and movements of the characters. The whole point of 48 fps is to smooth out the 3D. And on that case, absolutely mission accomplished. The images were so clear and smooth, it was hypnotic. Yes, it looked different. And yes, a few shots had that "BBC-TV" look. But you need to be open for evolution in cinema. 48fps is tremendous IF you're doing a huge 3D epic, and want a more immersible experience. It's unnecessary for something like "A Few Good Men," but for this, it's perfect.

As for the actual movie, it was definitely about 20 minutes too long. Just a shade over 2 hours, and it would've been one of my favorite movies of the year. But still, I really enjoyed it.

GO SEE IT IN 48FPS!!
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5:38PM on 12/15/2012
I 100% AGREE!! I thought the same thing...Avatar didn't nothing for me, the 3d was subpar at best...The Hobbit changed everything I thought about what 3D can be and where its going...simply AMAZING
I 100% AGREE!! I thought the same thing...Avatar didn't nothing for me, the 3d was subpar at best...The Hobbit changed everything I thought about what 3D can be and where its going...simply AMAZING
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3:19PM on 12/15/2012

F*ck Rottentomatoes.

This movie is fun, entertaining, and gave me a lot of goosebumps. As a die-hard LoTR fan, I knew from day one this wasn't going to be as intense as Fellowship. And why would it be? It's a smaller-scale adventure. I loved it and I can't wait for Desolation Of Smaug!
This movie is fun, entertaining, and gave me a lot of goosebumps. As a die-hard LoTR fan, I knew from day one this wasn't going to be as intense as Fellowship. And why would it be? It's a smaller-scale adventure. I loved it and I can't wait for Desolation Of Smaug!
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4:31PM on 12/15/2012
I loved it! I am now starting to hate Rotten Tomatoes. They always do this. The first half hour was great, cause I love seeing the Shire. I love how they really showed you more of the world. They made me feel more a part of it all. Gandalf was everything I wanted him to be. Gollums scene was PERFECT. I just loved it all. Humor, action, fantasy, magic. My only complaint, is the goblin cave scene. (CGI heavy, and bad writing)
I loved it! I am now starting to hate Rotten Tomatoes. They always do this. The first half hour was great, cause I love seeing the Shire. I love how they really showed you more of the world. They made me feel more a part of it all. Gandalf was everything I wanted him to be. Gollums scene was PERFECT. I just loved it all. Humor, action, fantasy, magic. My only complaint, is the goblin cave scene. (CGI heavy, and bad writing)
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5:37PM on 12/15/2012

AWESOME!!

48 FPS WAS EPIC!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!! Plus the movie was really fun and entertaining! I really really enjoyed it; prolly the best movie I've seen all year and again 48fps is going to change 3D and the way we see movies...PERIOD!
48 FPS WAS EPIC!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!! Plus the movie was really fun and entertaining! I really really enjoyed it; prolly the best movie I've seen all year and again 48fps is going to change 3D and the way we see movies...PERIOD!
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5:38PM on 12/15/2012

AWESOME!!

48 FPS WAS EPIC!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!! Plus the movie was really fun and entertaining! I really really enjoyed it; prolly the best movie I've seen all year and again 48fps is going to change 3D and the way we see movies...PERIOD!
48 FPS WAS EPIC!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!! Plus the movie was really fun and entertaining! I really really enjoyed it; prolly the best movie I've seen all year and again 48fps is going to change 3D and the way we see movies...PERIOD!
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8:18PM on 12/15/2012

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LOTR(movies) introduced us to the fantasy realm and took our hearts by storm....The Hobbit HFR took me to Middle Earth for a visit!
LOTR(movies) introduced us to the fantasy realm and took our hearts by storm....The Hobbit HFR took me to Middle Earth for a visit!
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9:38PM on 12/15/2012
Saw The Hobbit in 24fps 3D, been a long time since I read the book, so I'm not sure what was added/padded. I completely enjoyed it, and it was great to see Gandalf/Gollum, etc, again. The pacing was fine for me notwithstanding what some reviewers are saying. My only small quibble might be that a couple of the main baddies *might* have been better served by practical makeup/prosthetics, but having said that, the CGI was well done as usual by the Wizards of WETA. Lots of fun, looking forward to
Saw The Hobbit in 24fps 3D, been a long time since I read the book, so I'm not sure what was added/padded. I completely enjoyed it, and it was great to see Gandalf/Gollum, etc, again. The pacing was fine for me notwithstanding what some reviewers are saying. My only small quibble might be that a couple of the main baddies *might* have been better served by practical makeup/prosthetics, but having said that, the CGI was well done as usual by the Wizards of WETA. Lots of fun, looking forward to the next two!
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10:10PM on 12/15/2012

Split Decision

First half was so bad I wanted to kill myself to stop the boredom. But the second half was fantastic. So I guess that balances out the movie, to make it mediocre at best. I am lookiing forward to parts 2 and 3 because it felt like they're leaving the meat of the book for those movies.
First half was so bad I wanted to kill myself to stop the boredom. But the second half was fantastic. So I guess that balances out the movie, to make it mediocre at best. I am lookiing forward to parts 2 and 3 because it felt like they're leaving the meat of the book for those movies.
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6:25PM on 12/16/2012
Over-dramatic much? You probably should have gone ahead and killed yourself.
Over-dramatic much? You probably should have gone ahead and killed yourself.
3:36PM on 12/16/2012

FUCK RottenTomatoes

I waited 10 fucking years for this and I honestly thought it was an incredible journey back to Middle-Earth and was mesmerized from start to finish. It's a lighter tone than the previous trilogy but that was to be expected with the source material. I've read a ton of reviews that slammed the pacing of this movie and said that it felt like "scenes went on for too long" and I couldn't disagree more with that statement. Maybe it's because I'm a huge fan of the Extended Editions of The Lord of
I waited 10 fucking years for this and I honestly thought it was an incredible journey back to Middle-Earth and was mesmerized from start to finish. It's a lighter tone than the previous trilogy but that was to be expected with the source material. I've read a ton of reviews that slammed the pacing of this movie and said that it felt like "scenes went on for too long" and I couldn't disagree more with that statement. Maybe it's because I'm a huge fan of the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings and just saw them last week but it seemed completely in line with the previous movies. The casting was phenomenal, the cinematography was amazing and the adventurous feeling never once left me throughout the movie. The only nitpicks I had were the cartoonish CGI for Azog and the goblin king and the opening of the movie with Bilbo/Frodo feeling completely out of place and unjustified. Other than that I fucking loved this entry and can't wait to see Smaug next year! - 9/10
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6:43PM on 12/16/2012

Haven't felt this way since The Avengers

I agree, fuck Rotten Tomatoes! This movie was as close to "magic" as I could have hoped for. Some of the good:
1. I saw it in HFR, and 3D, and IMAX and after seeing it this morning in regular 24fps non-3D I have to say I preferred my first viewing. Yes, it was off-putting at first, but I told my friend it was like scuba-diving. It's hard to allow yourself to breathe underwater, but once you do, a whole new world opens up to you and you get to see the world in a completely different way. I
I agree, fuck Rotten Tomatoes! This movie was as close to "magic" as I could have hoped for. Some of the good:
1. I saw it in HFR, and 3D, and IMAX and after seeing it this morning in regular 24fps non-3D I have to say I preferred my first viewing. Yes, it was off-putting at first, but I told my friend it was like scuba-diving. It's hard to allow yourself to breathe underwater, but once you do, a whole new world opens up to you and you get to see the world in a completely different way. I loved it. It made everything look crisp, real, and alive.
2. Bilbo's house looked so inviting. i wanted to spend a week there drinking mead, eating cheese and meats, and cooking with fresh dried herbs.
3. The dwarves were all incredible. The design, the small touches like the earrings and gauntlets and the tattoos were all so beautiful. And they all seemed different.
4. Gandalf was classic Gandalf. Powerful, fierce, and hilarious (his face when Galadriel realizes the dwarves took off, haha).
5. The CGI for the creatures was the best I have ever seen in a film. Little inflections in speech, eye twitches, snarls, all looked so perfect.
6. The eagles.
7. Radagast and his badass bunny sled. A lot of people thought it was cheesy. I thought it was magical and if you can make it so that I actually WISH I had a super fast bunny sled, then you did your job right.
8. The goblin setpiece... beautiful, interesting and terrifying. Makes you remember that Peter Jackson is a great horror director and he knows how to make things look disgusting and scary.
9. Dueling rock giants.
10. Orcrist and Sting looking as amazing as ever. The blue glow was beautiful.
11. The Riddles in the Dark scene... the best in the entire movie. I never felt bad for Gollum, but I did after that. What a tragic little creature!
12. Gandalf's beheading.
13. Martin Freeman IS Bilbo Baggins!
I could go on, but I'll stop there.
The bad:
1. Some of the CGI was dodgey, like the wargs running after Radagast in the fields.
2. The bird shit on Radagast was terribly distracting and kind of ruined his character for me a bit.
3. No BLUE fire for the pine cones. It was blue in the book.
4. The replacement arm for the pale orc was a bit weak. Would have preferred something bigger, more terrifying.
5. Could have done without the Bilbo Frodo scene.
All in all, it was a fantastic experience and Jackson can have all of my money!
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10:40PM on 12/16/2012
It was a very solid and fun as hell adventure with fantastic visuals and acting, but I do have some pacing issues (mostly in the beginning). 8/10
It was a very solid and fun as hell adventure with fantastic visuals and acting, but I do have some pacing issues (mostly in the beginning). 8/10
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1:39AM on 12/17/2012

I thought it was great!

It was a fun fantasy adventure. For anyone who thought scenes were too long, is your ADHD acting up again? Cause they have meds for that. I don't understand why this would get mixed reviews. It was certainly better than The Two Towers.
It was a fun fantasy adventure. For anyone who thought scenes were too long, is your ADHD acting up again? Cause they have meds for that. I don't understand why this would get mixed reviews. It was certainly better than The Two Towers.
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10:20AM on 12/17/2012

It was ok.

It was a good movie overall. I think after seeing the LOTR trilogy the awe factor has worn off and so in parts of watching this it had a "been there, seen that" feel to it. I'm sure once the other two parts come out and seeing the adventure in its entirety I'll have a better appreciation for it. But overall it was another good Peter Jackson Tolkien movie, nothing more nothing less.
And for those that are hating RT, stop sounding like petulant kids and get over it, everyone isn't the fanboy
It was a good movie overall. I think after seeing the LOTR trilogy the awe factor has worn off and so in parts of watching this it had a "been there, seen that" feel to it. I'm sure once the other two parts come out and seeing the adventure in its entirety I'll have a better appreciation for it. But overall it was another good Peter Jackson Tolkien movie, nothing more nothing less.
And for those that are hating RT, stop sounding like petulant kids and get over it, everyone isn't the fanboy you are.
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11:22AM on 12/17/2012
Really enjoyed it. felt like it rolled right along with the Lord Of The Rings stories. My only gripes are technical ones, one being that it they opted to use CGI orcs and goblins in these ones as opposed to actors in costume, and although they looked really well done, it took away from the realism. My main issue was The pale orc. Although the character kicked all kinds of ass, he looked completely fake as opposed to Gollum, who, especially after this tale, actually might be the best CGI
Really enjoyed it. felt like it rolled right along with the Lord Of The Rings stories. My only gripes are technical ones, one being that it they opted to use CGI orcs and goblins in these ones as opposed to actors in costume, and although they looked really well done, it took away from the realism. My main issue was The pale orc. Although the character kicked all kinds of ass, he looked completely fake as opposed to Gollum, who, especially after this tale, actually might be the best CGI character in the history of the sport. It looked like they spent all their time on him and didnt have any money or time left to finish the white orc....But all in all, I liked it and am anxious for the next one.
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1:42PM on 12/17/2012

Decent

It was OK, some good action sequences, nice 3D, and the Gollum and the devil orc are the best of the show. As a non LOTR fan, it was enjoyable, but could have been better with 20 minutes less. 7/10
It was OK, some good action sequences, nice 3D, and the Gollum and the devil orc are the best of the show. As a non LOTR fan, it was enjoyable, but could have been better with 20 minutes less. 7/10
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