I am thinking of going to see it tomorrow. Has anybody seen it yet? Without giving spoilers, can you tell me if it's worth the expense?
If you liked the previous two, you'll probably like this. If you didn't like the previous two, you probably won't.
I caved in and saw it. Had to ask myself if this was Tolkien or Warhammer Fantasy. Came to conclusion that, whatever it was, it had very little Tolkien it. I have not been a fan of the Hobbit trilogy. Too little butter scraped over too much bread, if you ask me. Too much filler and too much focus on all of the wrong stuff.
Completely agree with this. If PJ wasn't so intent on linking it with LOTR and just focused on Bilbo and the Dwarves, they could have easily cut this trilogy down to the original 2 film plan that they originally had.
Yep - it’s a Warhammer movie rather than Tolkien in feel. If you want an artistic or classic representation of Tolkien’s greatest work, then you’ll still have the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which is obviously the superior set of movies.
The Hobbit is prequel-ish in a Star Wars sense, with lots of references and allusions to what-characters-were-doing-before-as-backstory and so on. That’s a bit irritating, along with the totally original and un-Tolkien romance between the Elf and Dwarf (!) along with other characters. It lacks the thematic depth and narrative cohesion of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and ups the level of cartoonish action and cgi effects throughout.
I dunno. I think the un-Tolkien inclusion of female protagonists is a feature, not a bug. It's just a shame Tolkien didn't do it first time around.