"Based on the enduring masterpiece The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien"--Container.
Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner.
The first chapter in Peter Jackson's new epic trilogy set in Middle Earth 60 years before J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga. Follow Bilbo Baggins as he's swept into a quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo joins a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Along the way they face many dangers; Bilbo meets Gollum and takes possession of the 'One Ring.'
DVD, region 1, letterbox widescreen format; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Ack. I thought I should read the book before seeing the movie (TODO: write review of The Hobbiit book: the most overrated yet underwhelming book I have ever read). Little good that did: the movie apparently diverges to the Silmarillion (which I have not read, and do not plan to, as it sounds like the most boring book ever written). As a non-Tolkein fan, I spent the movie wondering "who is that guy? he is not in the book!" and "what? that is not the order of events!". I would have fared far better having not reading the book at all. Even so: meh. Special effects: good. Story: weak.
Probably it would be impossible to get every last iota of the Hobbit conveyed in a movie--but it could be argued that some iotas maybe ought not be.
--conveyed, that is.
And this movie does as good a job as could be expected from Jackson et al. (Perhaps part of the let down is that we now expect that magical level of rendering, so we're not quite as wowed as with the LOTR films?)
Watch this and enjoy--you won't have wasted your time. :-)
Being a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and already attached to the hobbitts I was pleased at how easily "The Hobbitt" brought to life Tolkien's characters.Looking forward to the rest of the story.
Come on what is not to like about the hobbit. Little people that like to eat, drink, party, and indulge in all life's pleasures, isn't that what we all want to do. I think the film has a little of everything, fear, violence, compassion, relations between different societies of people, and magic. Cannot wait for the next two films, if there are in fact two more.
I read The Hobbit book before I saw this movie, and, as always, it was much better than the movie. The book was already a little slow, but the dragged it out even slower in the movie. They could of easily put the entire book into one movie. If they had done that I think the movie would of been much more exciting and enjoyable. Overall it was still a good movie, just I wish they didn't spread the story out into three movies.
This movie held up well within the franchise. It was just as fun as the "Lord of the Rings" movies, if not moreso. I haven't read any of the books yet, so I can't say how accurate the story was to the book, but from what I've heard from hardcore fans, there were some changes, but the changes were good. It was overall very entertaining. Great scenery, acting, story, humor, action…everything you'd want from this franchise. And of course Gollum was his usual Gollumey self, only better.
I loved this movie! This isn't saying much, but the filmmakers probably could have done anything and I would have liked it.
I don't like how they've turned The Hobbit into a trilogy, but I really enjoyed the first part and look forward to the next two. I love being back in the shire with the hobbits, meeting new characters, and going on new adventures.