okay, let me get this straight: It's not the best movie ever. It's no LotR 2.
But: When the Movie starts and you just watch the first scene, you are IN the movie. Totally! Storytelling, smart pacing and a genius Ian McKellen. Also Martin Freeman as Bilbo is just lovley.
I watched the movie as a normal movie. no 480p and no 3d and i missed nothin.
Great Actors, great movie.
Watched this in 2D, 24FPS and loved it!
As someone who doesn't care for the franchise, but loves film dearly, this was enjoyable for its technical aspects, but utterly boring and bland as far as content goes.
It looked absolutely stunning, it was cast well and it had great sound design - but the tacky bombast, weak plot(based on a weak children's novel - not 9 hour film trilogy material) and questionable direction ultimately bring it down.
A dark, intense start of what will be an amazing trilogy.
After the superb LotR trilogy, Peter Jackson's three-parted "The Hobbit" cannot reach the same level of greatness: the movies are to intent on being funny and depend to much on the fact that they are shot in 3D to be anything better than good (but not great), fun and entertaining action flicks.
I loved the LoTR trilogy movies so when I saw someone watching (what I presumed was) the second Hobbit film on a flight recently, I couldn't help but peek every so often. The visuals and action looked interesting, so now that I'm back on the ground I thought I'd give The Hobbit a shot. Within the first 10 minutes, I actually thought I must have been spying on the first Hobbit film in flight because the whole Smaug intro gave me deja vu... two hours later however, I realised I was wrong; I'd have to wait for the sequel to see all of the interesting things I'd seen over my fellow passenger's shoulder.
The Hobbit looked fantastic, contained decent acting, and a fairly safe script but it really was just a prologue to the next film. Having only seen and not heard the middle 45-60 minutes of Desolation of Smaug, I can still see why this first film was necessary but... as a standalone film, it's fairly unfulfilling. Even as I'm typing this, I'm thinking I could have just skipped the movie and had someone tell me the back story over a pint in 10 minutes so I could just move on to the next one. Movie, that is - not pint.
I've never read the books, so maybe this movie isn't really targeted at me. I hope the Tolkien fans enjoyed it at least. And I hope Martin Freeman wins the "Best Martin Freeman being Martin Freeman Performance" award at some point in the future. I really do.