My date felt the same way. He felt the story was just not told as well as it should have been. We both thought there were too many slow motion scenery takes. There were several near stops that left us expecting the credits to roll long before the film ended.
What got to me most was the gratuitous display. Especially nasty was the excessive use of various body fluids. I'm surprised that the director of this film thought audience members would appreciate being sprayed by orc spittle and so much silly gore. Maladies varying from obese, pock-covered goblins to painfully ugly ogres were ever slogging across the set. Honestly, it got gross. Overall, we were left wondering whether or not the target audience were sixth grade boys.
Andy Serkis, as usual, pulls out a great performance, in spite of poor directing and very little musical investment at all. The exception was the dwarf song - it was really great and a nice touch. A few throw backs to the original soundtrack helped. Still, most of the film felt 'thin, like butter spread over too much bread,' to quote Bilbo in a far superior film.
Some of the videography impressed me. A few times, it felt like we were in the room with Bilbo. Other times, it felt like bad real estate footage from the '70s.
By the late middle of the film, things start moving a bit faster. By the end, I wasn't completely sorry I went. I might see the second bit just to finish the story. Unfortunately, this Hobbit film is not up to the standard expected from a Tolkien tale.
A lot of people were anticipating this film. I only represent one opinion. If you've seen it, what do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts and any opinions as well. Feel free to comment below.
I've been really looking forward to the film, and most friends have said it was good. Interesting to see a different take on it. Can't wait to find a babysitter so I can go and make up my my own mind. The final Lord of the Rings film had the same problem with "multiple" endings, so he has previous form in that area!
I agree that it was much too long. A lot of unnecessary backstory and exposition. The Hobbit was never as grand and epic as the Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson is really stretching the fairly short novel here. I can't see how they're going to make it three films, and from this first part it's definitely not working. Bilbo falls under the radar from everything else going on. Very disappointing. Not even Jackson could save this painfully long adaptation. And his gags and slapstick aren't funny either. Having said that, there was lots to like in it though, the songs, the Riddles in the Dark scene and Radagast.