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It's worth watching 12 80.00%
It's not 0 0%
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The Hobbit - Worth watching? Your thoughts please

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I loved Jackson's work in LOTR.
And I think this is at that level, as good as them.
That's just my opinion, but I really enjoyed it, I watched it today and it was really worth it.

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It's an ok movie, but just like the books, LOTR is just far better.

Verdict: enjoyable movie, not an epic like LOTR.

Besides, the decision to make a 9 hour trilogy is just an epic fail. LOTR had enough material to fill 10 hours or even more, The Hobbit does not. What we get is extremely long and drawn out plots arcs as a result.
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I thought it was fabulous. I'm actually onside with this decision to make it a trilogy of films. I would have happily stayed in the cinema for another five hours to see the story unfold further. I was just getting into it, and then it stopped.

I read 'The Hobbit' when I was eight or nine years-old. Obviously my memory isn't good enough to recall everything that happens in it. However, a lot of the stuff in this film felt new to me. I really enjoyed it though. It was epic fantasy that I just love.
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I thought it was fabulous. I'm actually onside with this decision to make it a trilogy of films. I would have happily stayed in the cinema for another five hours to see the story unfold further. I was just getting into it, and then it stopped.

I read 'The Hobbit' when I was eight or nine years-old. Obviously my memory isn't good enough to recall everything that happens in it. However, a lot of the stuff in this film felt new to me. I really enjoyed it though. It was epic fantasy that I just love.
That's because the film makers decided to mix the Hobbit plot with some other ones taken from Unfinished Tales. Otheriwse they couldn't have stretched this project to three 3-hour movies.
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I loved the movie. But rumour has it that IMDB's ratings on this one were fixed by Tolkeintards.

I hope not, because the LOTR series got their high marks on merit.

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It's a decent watch, though they shouldn't be dragging it out over three films
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From what I've heard I'm sure Jackson will use some sense and make the next 2 significantly shorter.

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As you'd expect from the series it's visually stunning. Watched it in 3D due to no other option at the time, but it's done better than most 3D movies.

Never been a fan of the LOTR story, so sleepwalked through that, and wasn't into the comedic scenes they decided to go for and the three or so sing-songs (I'm guessing they used them from the book) but overall a well made adventure plot with most of the regular cast getting a tidy look in, especially Golem.

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I loved it; sure you can nitpik it but it was thoroughly enjoyable; An A for me and I thought it went by so fast. And although it has the middle earth feel to it, it has a lot of funny wry comments which is what the Hobbit was about. LOTR was a much darker story. And for any aficenardos out there it will help to read the appendices of LOTR. BTW critics don't seem to love it as much as fans.

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More good then bad so I will watch it.

I heard its pretty long but I love long movies

Anyone knows if this was also filmed in New Zealand?

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I'm having a difficult time expressing my opinion about this. People who know me know that this is a rare occurence :P

There were parts of the movie that were absolutely fantastic. The entire scene where Bilbo meets Gandalf and the company of dwarves is great, the riddles-scene with Gollum is great. There were actors that were really well-cast: namely Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, and ofc Andy Serkis as Gollem. There was scenery that looked amazing: the dwarven city under the mountain, the Shire, the misty Mountains (waay better than in LOTR), Rivendell.

But then there was quite alot of bad in this film. The film feels stretched out. There is so much filler: Every scene with Radagast for instance. The introduction with old Bilbo and Frodo. The entire backstory of Thorin and the white Orc. Most of the scenes in Rivendell. The scene with the stone giants is stretched and has stupid CGI, even the scene in Goblin-town feels bad.
There are loads of unnecessary characters: Radagast, the white Orc, old Bilbo, Frodo, Galadriel, Saruman, did I mention Radagast? Other than Thorin, the only dwarves that are memorably are Balin and Fili. Balin has a counselling role and is kind to Bilbo throughout. Fili shoots a bow and arrow and as a result has more screentime. The other 10 dwarves are all completely forgettable.
Then there is look and feel of Middle-Earth and it's inhabitants. This was done to absolute perfection in LOTR. Here it just isn't. Most of the dwarves look silly and un-dwarflike. The goblin king looks stupid. Radagast looks..well he shouldn't have been in there anyways.
The added humour is awkward and bad. Especially the goblin king, and ofcourse Radagast.

I could go on, but I won't. I am abit of a fantasy geek, and I like Tolkien's work alot. I understand that most of the extra stuff they've chucked in is in the appendices, but my question is why? The answer is ofcourse money. It mostly disrupts the storyline.

I guess I'm disappointed.
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Going to see it upcoming week, have high hopes for this one. The wait is finally over.

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It is definitely worth watching for nostalgia alone (assuming you read the books/watched the LotR trilogy in your childhood). I'll just copy and paste what I said in the other thread:
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Yes it is padded, though I didn't find it to be too much of problem for the most part. Sequences of Smaug attacking Erebon and of Radagast the wizard are worthy and interesting additions.

However, we have the invented goblin king and another particularly nasty orc, similar to the one in the Fellowship film (At least, I think these only exist in the film. It's been 11 years since I've read the novel so maybe this criticism is bullshit). Still, the problem is these antagonists are just the worst kind of cardboard villains. Just stock obstacles that bear no real significance or add any real tension.

All of the dwarves, except Thorin, lack development. So we follow this large party of mostly indistinguishable characters.

The film starts in essentially the exact same place as the LotR films, prior to Bilbo's birthday. So we have Ian Holm and Elijah Wood reprising their roles in what I assume will be bookends for the trilogy. This is the most obvious way Jackson invites the comparisons, by structuring this trilogy in the same manner. I find this strange as at first he didn't want to direct and gave the project to Guillermo del Toro because he wanted The Hobbit to stand on its own. Yet it seems he does everything he can to relate it to his previous trilogy.

The choice to end it at the "out of the frying pan, into the fire" part is pretty unsatisfying too. Being rescued by the birds ends the film on a big deus ex machina. Yes I know this happened in the novel but making it the climax of this film places more emphasis on it.

These are just some rambling thoughts I had after seeing it today. I did mostly enjoy it. I just wish instead of extended action sequences and big set pieces to fill the length out, we could have had some character building.
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Seeing it tomorrow, hope the poll is right.

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