Dec 18, 2012

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Breaks Records, Tops Worldwide Box Office

First film in Peter Jackson’s epic “The Hobbit” Trilogy takes in an estimated worldwide $223 million in its opening weekend.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soared to the top of the global box office in a record-breaking opening, dominating the weekend with an estimated $84.775 million domestically and $138.2 million internationally, for a worldwide estimated total of $223 million, including a record-breaking $15.1 from IMAX theatres worldwide. Domestically, the film broke records for largest December opening in motion picture history, including Christmas/holiday weekends. It is also the largest opening for any film in the canon of “The Lord of the Rings.”

The CinemaScore coming out of the weekend was an overall A from all audiences, with an A+ from moviegoers under 18. Opening day showings, starting at midnight on December 14, were sold out, some weeks in advance, and thousands of fans waited in line to be among the first to see the movie.

  1. Very well deserved!
    COngratulations to everyone involved!

    • Yeah congratulations to all the people behind this movie really amazing that even I already read a spoilers from, I still able to enjoy every scene of the movie really love hope to see part 2 😉

      More power guys

    • This is NOT a good movie! This movie was simply tortuous! The story line was tooooo thin. The movie was obviously designed purely for 3D. It was really bad, really bad….Why was it so bad?

      • Angie, I am going to strongly disagree with you on this. It was a good movie. Oscar winning? No. Though individual achievements certainly deserve a chance to take home the little man.

        The story did what it needed to do for a first movie in a series, lay the groundwork and set the tone for what is to follow including a few links to the LotR movies. Maybe there was a bit too much back story provided which slowed the pace but it remains to be seen how that will play out in movies 2 & 3. Overall, I was quite satisfied with how it was put together though I think it could have benefited with more time in the editing process. Peter Jackson seems to be notorious for taking it right down to the wire and maybe the movie suffered for it this time. Regardless, this is more of a thinking man’s Hobbit rather than an adaptation of a book that was more suited for younger readers.

        As for your statement about it being designed purely for 3D? Why do you say that? I watched it last night for the first time and I was surprised at how subtle the 3D was in the movie. It blended almost seamlessly into the action on screen. There was the occasional “got ya” sight gag and Jackson’s trademark scenes that just go to the extreme and somewhat break the viewer out of their suspension of disbelief but nothing in them popped out of the screen and smacked you across the face. Certainly nothing that I remember that would translate poorly into 2D. Compared to Avatar, the overall effect was more satisfying because you didn’t have very many objects on the screen that drew your attention but you could not look at because it was out of focus. The Hobbit: AUJ is a good example of how 3D techniques have improved since James Cameron & company revitalized the format.

  2. Well done!
    Best movie I have ever seen.
    You deserved it a lot!

  3. Great movie; congrats to everyone who worked on it! Can’t wait for The Desolation of Smaug. (P.S hope you guys have the dwarves singing Misty Mountains Cold again before they get to the Lonely Mountain – it really gets the adrenalin going!)

    • LegolasPippin says:

      That song has been the highlight of my whole week! Dwarf harmony is the bomb! Totally buying that song on iTunes. Well done Richard Armitage and Hobbit cast 🙂

      • Ringlord2013 says:

        “Far over the misty mountains cold.
        To dungeons deep, and caverns old.
        We must away,at break of day.
        To find our long forgotten gold.
        The pines were roaring on the height.
        The winds were moaning in the night.
        The fire was red, it flaming spread.
        The trees like torches blazed with light.”

        It has been a few weeks after I’ve seen The Hobbit, but I almost can’t stop singing this…:D

  4. Saw the hobbit today with my family and it was incredible!!! I don’t want to wait 361 days to see part 2!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone who worked on the hobbit did an awesome job! It is over 10 star movie for me! Thank you for making these hobbit movies!

  5. I’ve seen the movie this morning…
    What I’ve seen is incredible!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. I saw it the day it came out! I loved it and expected nothing more of it. I can’t wait for part 2 and 3 to come out!!!!

  7. LOTR nerd :) says:

    OMG! I’m so proud of the Hobbit team, every time I see adverts on the sides of buses I yell ‘Oh My GOD! Look its the Hobbit!!!’ And point 🙂 I’m nuts but who cares, its for a good reason 😀 I saw it on the 15th and now I really can’t wait for the second and thrid part, I thought I’d be okay but I’m not I’m going crazy waiting for the rest.

    • rutoe alleme says:

      dont worry im nuts too!!! also goin crazy cant wait another year. saw it on 14th didnt want it to end! 😉

      • Glorfindel's Daughter says:

        I scream every time I see and advertisment!!!! Also, I have written a fan-fiction on a website called DeviantART.. I would love input on it, but please do not get too angry at things I put in it.

        this is a link to the 1st chapter, so far I have 6 on there. It is not my account or my real name. The account is my BFF’s and the name I use is a pen name.

  8. oh, i am watching it the fourth times today with another friend, that’s how much I love the HOBBIT!!!! =

  9. OMG!!! I LOVED the Hobbit. It was sooooooooooooooo good!

  10. Shan Abeywardene says:

    saw it this morning
    its the best movie of my life after the ROTK
    hope to see it again soon!!

  11. Amazing Movie! Loved the Storm Giants and the Dwarfs. Did anyone watch ‘A simple walk into Mordor’? What does everyone think?

  12. LegolasPippin says:

    I saw this movie at midnight on December 14 and it was probably the highlight of my entire year! Me and my friends were dressed up as elves/hobbits/ringwraiths, and there were a bunch of other people dressed up too. Everyone in the cinema was super energetic and laughed and clapped a bunch during the movie. It was a great experience! One of my favorite parts was the “Misty Mountains” song by the dwarves. AMAZING! Its hard to pick a favorite character, but I loved Kili, Bilbo, Thorin, and Gandalf. Can’t wait to see this movie again….and again….and again…..and again! I highly recommend EVERYONE to see it, its a great movie. ABSOLUTELY PSYCHED FOR FILMS 2 AND 3!!!!!

    • LegolasPippin says:

      …and to anyone who thinks the Hobbit movie has too many added parts and/or strays from the book, take it from Gandalf himself:

      “All good tales deserve embellishment”

      • I have no problem with the adding of events which actually happened during the timeline of the story and derived from Tolkien’s other writings, what I do object to is how much has been changed and without any good reason that I can see. Can’t believe how many people on here are raving about it, have any of you actually read the book?

        • Glorfindel's Daughter says:

          Yes yes I have! I live for LOTR and the hobbit, I try to read each at least 1 time a month. Is that enough for you?

      • I was there too, and I must say…I laughed and groaned during the whole thing.expesially when golem did the riddles. my favorite riddle was;
        All things it devours. Birds beasts, trees, flowers. Bites, steals. Turns all stone to meal.
        And the answer was time…thats just so very clever. And yeah, when they sang,I got goose bumps. I have even got the whole song memorised. not just the part in the movie.
        That was my first midnight premere, and one I will never forget.

  13. LegolasPippin says:

    Me and my cousin have been texting back and forth in a game of riddles….its so much fun! Try it sometime…coming up with your own riddles is a lot more difficult and fun than you would think 🙂 This movie inspired me!!!


  15. Avatar…. sorry, it was only matter of time. 🙂 Hobbit is coming…

  16. What you think – 3D Imax? 2D Imax? Both?:D

    “Everyone in the cinema was super energetic and laughed and clapped a bunch during the movie.” So why critics are so critics are divided? 🙁 I belive you, but critics are breaking my heart…

    • Bez Field says:

      Don’t let any critics break your heart, they have to be negative or won’t think themselves cool.
      I loved the film, and was nearly blown away with delight when Bilbo’s and Gandalf’s meeting was almost word for word from the opening of the tale. At first I was sorry the dwarfs didn’t fall on top of Thorin, when they fell in the entrance, but for him to come across as a very important person in the film, he had to make an entrance, and seeing that help me to accept other changes. Brilliantly done throughout.

  17. Unforutnatly you tried to take a slower paced book then the lord of the rings and impose on it a higher paced action than you have given in the lord of the rings. That made you invent sidestories as well as characters and dialogs. Unsuprisingly you did so much worse than Tolkein that If I could I would have rather see the 1 hour that was close to the originaly story seperated from all 3 hours based on the low level scripts and dialogs you came up with. This is a book for a 1 3 hour movie, and I guess that in order to spread it over 2 (and profit much more out of it) you became too thin. Like butter spread over too much bread.
    I hope you would stay loyal to the original next time, or chose a book that fits your purposes (The silmarilion could have given you the meterial you needed without all the alterations) and concentrate on what you did in the lord of the rings – remain loyal to the original story as much as possible and make an amazing movie out of it.

    • Sadly Peter Jackson somehow managed to pull 90% of the Magic out of the Hobbit. The screenplay and direction were lackluster… the ‘Unexpected Party’ the dwarves provide a rousing performance, but much of the magic is missing. Where is Thorin blowing smoke rings and telling them where to go, with Gandalf’s smaller smoke rings darting through them and them coming back to turn green and hover around his head? Where are the Dwarves musical instruments? Where are the dwarves telling stories of gold and jewels and treasure and dragons ‘both real and mythological’ deep into the night, revealing their deep love of things made skillfully?….this would help us slowly draw out the TOOKISH side of Bilbo instead of the cardboard ‘flip of the switch’ that we see in the movie. The troll scene was again missing some key magic -the ‘mischief that somehow got into the fire’ and the dwarves spotting the troll fire far off, the trolls magical purse squeaking ‘ere now, oo are you?” From here the movie goes off the rails. Azog – ( with a new head!) was added to the movie to apparently provide some ‘action’ and then we stumble into Rivendell…again no ‘magic’ … where are the elves singing and admonishing the dwarves not to dip their beards in the river, and saying ‘Bilbo Baggins on a horse?’ and Bilbo wondering how they now so much about him? … and the Elves themselves — who SHOULD be MAGICAL…. instead are just SNOTTY. Onwards to the key chapter when the Dwarves are captured and hauled down to GoblinTown. WTF?? Jackson ruins the chapter — its supposed to be GoblinTown in a cavern with dark tunnels made by goblins — not Goblin City made of wooden scaffolding!!! And where is Gandalf’s sword ‘gleaming bright blue in delight over killing the lord of the cave?’ followed by an escape through dark tunnels? Where are the goblins putting out all the lights and ‘sending out their swiftest runners in quiet shoes’? Where is Bilbo bumping his head and rolling off into the dark during the escape – and then waking in the dark and putting out his hand to find the ring? Instead we get a cartoony fight sequence ! Finally the scene ‘out of the frying pan into the fire’….where are the goblins singing ‘fifteen birds in five fir trees’? and WHY oh WHY did he have BILBO of all people saving Thorin from AZOG? Horrible. It feels like Jackson has too much time to fill up and not enough material….hence the need for Azog, etc. sigh… can only hope the second two movies are closer to canon and that Jackson is able to redeem himself somehow. Otherwise this will be end up as BAD as the LOTR was good. One final thought — it appears that Smaug is BLUE!!! I hope somehow they are able to at least get that part correct !

      • Yay! Someone on here has actually read the book.

        • Yes, I re-read the book in preparation for the movie and was shocked at how far the screenplay strayed from the novel. How dare you slice a short, perfectly crafted novel into 3 parts! Clearly it was all about making a profit!
          So dissapointed!!

          • the rabbits pulling the sleigh was pathetic and azog looked animated two negatives

          • To reply to Lynne, I actually think that if the short book wasn’t cut up into three, there would be an extremely high chance that more stuff WOULD be cut out.

            I do agree that the movie does miss out many scenes from the book but they were replaced with events that are happening outside of the Hobbit (white council, necromancer, etc.).

            The bottom line is, a three hour movie isn’t enough to fully explore the Hobbit, much less the inclusion of events happening around the same time the quest was ongoing.

        • I have read the book to and sometimes there is some misleading parts, but I still love the movie as it is! I think Peter Jackson has done an amazing job.

      • LegolasPippin says:

        Hey guys,
        First of all, Khamul, don’t assume we Hobbit-movie-lovers haven’t read the book. I’ve read it multiple times including right before the movie came out. Please don’t insult us. And also, Lynne, I can’t believe what you said about the Hobbit movie being all about making a profit. Umm, have any of you bothered watching all the video blogs on here? The effort and heart that was put into these movies blows me away, and I have been keeping up with the blog since LAST December (yeah, thats 2011) so don’t even try to say I don’t know any facts. For all you haters out there, go ahead and sit around at home eating potato chips and reading the Hobbit 20 million times while all of us who truly are Tolkien and Peter Jackson fans watch the movies and participate in blog conversations. Was I disappointed in parts of the movie? Of course. Show me a movie that is 100% satisfactory for all people and I’ll give you a million dollars. It’s impossible! No one can please every audience in his movie, and its close to impossible to make a movie an exact replica of a book. Is that what you all want? A word-for-word exact transfer from book to movie? Where is the excitement in that? Anyone who has read the books would then find no excitement in the movie because they can predict every single thing that will happen at any moment in the movie. I personally like how changes from book to movie are made that keep it interesting even for those who know every little detail about the book. And if you think about it, how much of the truly important story line that carries through the Hobbit book is missing in the movie? Not much. Sure, they altered a few lines. Changed a few characters. Added a few. But does it affect the overall plot? NO! Its still the hobbit, whether or not a dragon is blue or red or rainbow with sprinkles. Now I’m sorry if anything I’ve said is offensive to anyone, but sometimes I feel like people aren’t thinking about these things closely enough before they get all critical on the movie. Thanks for your time 🙂
        -A loyal Hobbit fan

      • FellowshipoftheFilms says:

        Obviously there are a lot of diverse opinions out there, even amongst fans of LOTR and frequent readers of that series and The Hobbit. I fit into both of those categories and have been eagerly anticipating a return to Middle Earth since the release of ROTK. I kept up on news of the planned Hobbit movie throughout those years and counted down to the first release. I was prepared for changes – I knew that one small book was to be turned into 3 long films, that significant history would be included, and that the Necromancer story would be explored in greater detail than the book provides. I have no complaints on any of those counts, because the more Tolkien I get to experience, the better! If people don’t want to sit through a 3 hour film rich in Middle Earth history, then obviously this is the wrong genre for them, because that’s what Tolkien is all about! I also wasn’t bothered by the changes to the stone giants (namely that the company ended up on the knees of one) nor the different ways that the company was captured by first the trolls and then the goblins.

        Having said that, I thought that other changes to the movie went too far. I will begin with the comedic aspect of the film. To be clear, I was expecting it – based on both the video blogs as well as the book itself. When I re-read The Hobbit in preparation, I found myself laughing aloud at many of the comical scenes and Bilbo’s entertaining commentary. The book is funny, so the movie should capture that, too. But while the book relied on Bilbo’s quirky nature and wit, the movie took a more slapstick approach. A belching contest? Really? I actually found that bordering on offensive, because it was just immature humour that tarnished the classiness of Tolkien’s world. Then there were the trolls…they aren’t intelligent creatures, we all know that, but the idiotic high-pitched voice of the one, and his abuse by the other trolls, was just annoying. Finally, the worst ‘joke’ of all was the Goblin King’s last line. I know that we shouldn’t be comparing the LOTR films with The Hobbit adaptation because they rely on very different material and storylines, but this just really emphasized for me how The Hobbit movie is not the serious epic of its predecessors. Those movies drew me in and held me in awe throughout, and I occasionally watch all 3 extended versions in one day in order to experience that magic fully. With the lame jokes in The Hobbit, I just felt sad and disenchanted, wrenched from the movie magic by an unpleasant cringe. The CGI of the films didn’t help with that, as the goblins looked far less realistic than LOTR. The final critique I would like to raise is also the most significant for me…Azog. Even as the movie ended, and the credit song began (which I love, and have memorized, by the way), I was trying to rationalize this change in my mind. I so desperately wanted to love this movie as much as the LOTR films. “Peter Jackson needed some continuity between the films – some kind of an overarching villain who could reappear and give not only moments of conflict to raise the excitement of the story, but also a greater purpose in fleeing this pursuer. Instead of just relying on occasional references to the dragon at the end, he wanted a stronger, more present enemy for them to face.” I voiced this argument and similar ones to the friends who had accompanied me and were expressing their unhappiness over the same issue. I tried to convince them, and myself, that there were good reasons for doing it. But, with time, I found that my argument couldn’t hold, even for me. Having Azog pursue the company throughout the film was completely unnecessary and even distasteful. They are already on an epic quest – they have a dragon waiting for them at the end, as well as enemies along the way, including the trolls, stone giants, and goblins under the mountains. The Necromancer was also being developed as an evil force, likely to play a greater role in later films. There was no need to add Azog, whose random reappearance after the long years since he battled Thorin at Moria isn’t even explained. He’s seeking revenge…well, that took a long time to happen and seems to be occuring at an inconvenient time, right when Thorin has begun a quest. The scene where Radagast intends to ‘lead away’ Azog and the other orcs was just terrible…how is he leading them away when they go in circles and keep ending up in front of the dwarves? Again, it was unnecessary, a silly portrayal, and significantly detracted from my ability to immerse myself in an epic fantasy tale.

        Now to end on some good points, because there were a lot of them, and I do like the film overall — hearing the dwarves singing gave me chills, and I only wish it had lasted longer. Martin Freeman was hilarious as Bilbo – a perfect fit for the character. Smaug’s attack on Erebor was exciting to see. The ‘riddles in the dark’ scene was excellent – Gollum was funny while still having that dangerous element to him. And I still CANNOT wait for films 2 and 3! Although I am afraid that Azog will make a reappearance in both of them, I am excited to see how the characters will develop and how the storyline will play out on the screen!

        • LegolasPippin says:

          I just want to say—FellowshipoftheFilms, thank you. I’m sorry if my review was too one-sided and offensive, I guess I was just a little discouraged to see how many people hated the finished Hobbit movie. I very much enjoyed reading your comments, Fellowship, and I agree with almost every point you’ve made. Thank you, I know it probably took a while to type all that, but I am very glad you did because it seems like you have the same view as I truly do. Again, sorry if my earlier review sounded too harsh (:


          • FellowshipoftheFilms says:

            I can definitely understand the feeling of having conflicted emotions. During/after my first viewing of the movie, I was struggling between excitement and disappointment, happiness with some parts of the movie and sadness over choices made in others. I was upset to hear the negative feedback the film was receiving, yet knew in my heart that I had a few critical things to say as well. I wanted to love it (and have everyone else love it) so badly! So I can understand the desire to defend it, because LOTR is so close to my heart, and this was the return to Middle Earth I had been waiting for for so long.

            And then I went to see the movie a 2nd time, this time in 48 frames per second in IMAX (which wasn’t an option in the city where I first watched it). Having had a couple of weeks to digest my first experience, I found the 2nd a lot better. It was easier for me to overlook the points that had irked me so the first time around, and I took more time to enjoy the things I did like: the characters, the banter, the beautiful settings. I also enjoyed the immersive experience of the higher frame rate – although I did experience a few moments of queasiness during fast action scenes! Overall, I was able to appreciate The Hobbit movie more for what it is.

            High hopes for the sequels!

  18. I m a hardcore fan of LOTR trilogy and was eagerly awaiting release of hobbit in dec 12. The movie is awesome as we can expect from Mr Jackson who can now claim to be the grand ambassador of middle earth :).
    Although it is not right but still could not help myself comparing hobbit with the legendary LOTR. I was a bit disappointed by the comic scenes included in the movie…at least I would not like to see characters playing comedy in a movie like LOTR/ hobbit. Also not sure if that is the issue with theater where I watched but the characters were not moving naturally. Movement was more like cartoon characters.
    Rest all gr8 as usual. Another masterpiece from Peter Jackson. The amount of hard-work put behind the scenes completely reflects in the movie. Waiting 4 the next part 🙂

  19. This is the first movie that I’ve ever seen that was better than the book. And Ive been dying for someone to make a good HFR movie for years ever since seeing the BBC version of “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Best movie experience that I’ve ever had in life!!

  20. Bradford Bell says:

    Wow. Amazing! So proud of Peter Jackson and crew. Best movie that I’ve ever seen. Thankyou. Thought better than 1st Star Wars. You guys are Heros..

  21. really enjoyed the film but suffered major vetigo attack on leaving the cinema. Have read other people have suffered dizziness and sickness too because of the speed of the film. Seems a shame to film it in way that causes people to be ill. Although would like to see the next 2 in series wouldn’t dare in case of another vertigo attack

  22. Carles from Spain says:

    First of all, a big THANK YOU to all the team (especially to Mr.Jackson). Since I watched Ralph Bakshi’s LOTR when I was just a kid I had been dreaming of enjoying ‘real’ movies about the books. And the three movies about LOTR truly fulfilled that dream. I watched ‘The Hobbit’ yesterday. The fan inside of me totally enjoyed it, it is absolutely beautiful and spectacular and I had a great time. However, I’m afraid that the ‘objective’ part of me has some ‘buts’ too. I still think that two movies is understandable, but three is too much. The first part of the movie is like ‘butter scraped over too much bread’, things happen too slowly. And sometimes I felt like I was watching a Disney movie with the songs, the jokes…and Radagast(is he related to Jar Jar Binks?). I read the newspaper today and many of the fans were complaining about the movie being boring. The other ‘big but’ is about things that made me remind of the infamous ‘amateur’ movie about Dungeons and Dragons. The escape from the goblins, for example, is quite ridiculous, the ‘swinging walkways’, the ‘ladder weapon’, the way how they escape(quite easy, just a matter of keep running, swinging and falling)…it was like watching a mixture of ‘Pirates of the caribbean’, ‘Indiana Jones and the temple of Doom’ and Super Mario Bros. Yes, quite ridiculous. Besides, ¡for God’s sake! I can accept that none of the dwarves dies (after all, according to the book they don’t) but the fact that after so many falls, fights and runs all the dwarves still seem to have all their weapons, their belts, their furs…¡and Bofur even has his hat on!…that’s too unbelievable… In summary, therefore, an amazing movie for my fan side, but a pale shade of the LOTR movies for my critical part. I look forward to the second part. Thank you.
    PS: I hope you decide someday to create a series about The silmarillion…that would be very interesting too.

  23. Mr. Peter Jackson is a genius. Peter does a great job of following the story line for the most part, and adding Middleearth History in great spots. I loved seeing the orcs assembling at Weather Top, and the meeting of Gandalf, Lady Galadriel, Saruman, and Elrond. Peter does a great job of creating an alliance between the Lady, and Mirthrandier, which Tolkien would I think, like. I can’t wait for movies 2 & 3.

    • I hope you are enjoying LOTR. I am curuois about what you thought of Liar. I’ve read mixed reviews (and I inadvertently found out the big spoiler) so I’m not sure I’ll be reading it. The Friday Night Knitting Club looks good. I hope you enjoy your books.

  24. very interested

  25. Renan Castro says:

    I saw the movie yesterday in IMAX 3D and I must say: it’s incredibly good!

    Thank you all of you! Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis and everyone involved in this movie!

    It was much better than I imagined and the immersion provided by 3D and HD images were things I’ve never experienced in my whole life!

    Congratulations everyone and keep going with this amazing work!

    And keep shooting in 48fpr, it’s beautiful!

    Renan Castro, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  26. Annick (France) says:

    fan inconditionnelle de Peter Jakson et du seigneur des anneaux, King Kong … j’attendais avec impatience la sortie du film…
    hélas! en filmant en 48 images seconde l’action va trop vite pour les yeux et au final on perd plus de la moitié du film (le 3D en ce cas aggrave!) et on ne “rentre” pas dedans!
    j’espère la sortie en DVD en “tournage normal” pour le “VOIR” enfin…

  27. CONGRATS! Seen a lot of lame reviews out there by people who didn’t know what they were talking about. So now you can find them here:


  28. Immediately offer my apologies for possibly improperly formulated sentences and words … I use Google translator …. use Google translator …I am a very big admirers Tolkien as a child dreamed that filmed his amazing story … with the release of The Lord of the Rings to the screen you were my man whose view of this fabulous world completely coincided with the images in my head.
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  29. And! Hope if you ekraniziruete continuation of the Rings author Nick Perumov

  30. Antoine Flemming says:

    Mr. Jackson. Not sure if you’re reading this. Saw the movie today. It was nice to see Middle earth again. But this film didn’t have the same feel that the Fellowship had. I was extremely disappointed in the more childish nature of the film. While the book is a children’s book, it doesn’t function really well as a prequel to your much beloved Lord of the Rings Trilogy. For one, I was disappointed in the massive amount of rather fake-looking CGI that was used, mainly in the villains of the movie (Azog, Goblin King, Smaug). They don’t match up to the very real looking orcs, goblins, and other creatures in the LOTR trilogy. Secondly, I was disappointed at the different, childish take on the goblins. The goblins in the Fellowship film were PERFECT. There was no need to change them for these films. I was disappointed that Azog was all CGI. He was very unconvincing, and looked like a video game character. You simply could have done the same thing you did for Lurtz – get a guy in costume. You could have made him appear larger than the dwarves the same way you did for Gandalf compared to the dwarves. Many people expected Smaug to be comparable to the very believable Balrog in LOTR. He wasn’t. He clearly looked fake, and not fearsome at that. Pretty much my main gripes are that 1) the graphics in this movie, while 10 years newer than that in the Fellowship of the Ring, actually look LESS realistic, 2) the tone of the film is not in keeping with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and 3) the movie was too whimsical and too silly at times (like Radagast with bird**** in his hair). If you are able, it would be great if changes could be made to make the film fit more with the LOTR movies.

    • i totally agree

      • I agree as well.
        There’s a childishness to the film emotionally, although clearly the level of violence (not to mention the mushroom ‘joke’) is unsuitable for children. And the Disney-fied Radagast was very un-Tolkien-like; I kept thinking of Merlin in the Sword and the Stone.
        And I wholeheartedly agree that the CGI is cartoonish, making it harder to suspend disbelief and ‘enter’ Middle Earth. I longed for more focus on the actors and character development.
        A little more editing discipline would have helped a lot. The introduction with Elijah Wood and Ian Holm could have been dropped–not only would we not have missed anything, but we would’ve connected more quickly to Freeman as Bilbo and to the backstory of the dwarves. Almost every action sequence was pointlessly long–gee whiz, look at our special effects. And two warg chases?
        But I’ve noticed that there is a strong generational difference in responses to the Hobbit film: those under 30 seem to love it, those over 30 not so much (even when we are committed LOTR fans). I wonder if that difference is due in large part to whether you grew up with video games?
        All that said, Richard Armitage was strong as Thorin. The Dwarf song was deeply moving (and should have been longer). Martin Freeman was brilliant as Bilbo. Ian McClellan IS Gandalf. Riddles in the Dark was pitch-perfect. I kept getting glimpses of the movie that might have been. Here’s hoping Peter Jackson makes a few refinements in his approach to the Desolation of Smaug.

  31. I am a nurse at University of Virginia Medical Center. I have patient that has been here off & on for nearly 2 years and she is a twenty something coming to the end of her fight. SHe watchers the LOTR trilogy all the time with her mom. Thet can’t wait to see The Hobbit but it is incredibly unlikely that she will ever leave here well. Is there any way to get a copy of the movie to play for her in her room? Please let me know. Thanks Lisa D

  32. The first few reviews I read for this film did not have much good to say about it. Complaints about weak character development for the dwarves. Scale was too big. Too long. Tried to hard to make it Lord of the Rings, etc. Blah, blah, blah. I am in the generation that grew up with D&D and these films are fantastic. Special effects have come such a long way since I was a kid and movies were simply not this cool. The first hobbit movie did not let me down. A wizard, some dwarves, and a hobbit in one extraordinary circumstance after another. Some rare magic items, a high council of legends … I would have kept on watching for another hour or two for that matter. It is really cool to see things that only existed in your imagination as a youth come to life on the big screen. First came the cool fantasy computer games and now great fantasy movies. Watching these films is an opportunity to forget about ones day to day troubles for a couple hours and getting to be a kid again. That is why it is magic. Oh, I won’t be breaking out the toy swords anymore so I can pretend to be a dwarf and climb a tree to escape danger, but I look forward to the next two installments to keep the magic alive in my mind.

  33. I’ve translated the text into the google translator because my English is very bad.
    I saw this movie. I must say it was fantastic. The film is what it says in the book. I also thank Peter Jackson for making this beautiful film.
    Lord of the Rings movies have the same theme. Peter Jackson’s film with the same style of the movie Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is correct.
    Critics also sorry for the fuss irrelevant to film a bad rating.

  34. Mr. Jackson,

    I have already seen the The Hobbit 3 times. You and the entire cast and crew did a fantastic job.

    My favorite scene is when Gandalf appeared in the goblin kingdom to save the dwarves. Love the visuals and the lone cello playing.

  35. I could not get out of the theater fast enough. The story was poorly diluted to turn a single book into three billion dollar movies. What a waste of my time. I am grossly dissapointed and borderline enraged. Didn’t The Tolkein family sue you over something like artistic misrepresentation? They should. Tell your friends and I hope the studio catches it. Lousy Christmas.

  36. I read the criticisms of the movie before I went to see it but I can say without reservation that I thorougly enjoyed. In fact I loved it so much I am going to see it again and can hardly wait the 12 months for the next instalment. You guys have done a great job and it got me thoroughly enthralled. I was quite surprised when it came to the finish and the movie was over as it got me in so much I did not notice the time. Great work and certainly the best movie of 2012 by far.

  37. This Movie is really spectacular, for fans who lives in Brazil, Portugal or countries who people speaks Portuguese I really recommend this podcast:

  38. I have read the books “The Hobbet” and “The Lord” tens of times, I love them. Now I have seen the movie – it’s awesome, great, fantastic. Peter, you’ve shot the best movie. Thank you SO MUCH! And to all the critics of the film I only want to say – do shut up, you just don’t understand anything. I can’t wait to see the next movie.

  39. just saw it and was glad to return to Middle Earth, im not on here to pick at the storyline book/film, but i was wondering if anyone else noticed that during the Radagast chase scene that the orcs had no problem being in the daylight.

    • Oooh! Best catch I’ve read so far! I really enjoyed the film, saw it twice. Loved what others loved(dwarf music, characters/cast, sets and scenary, use of back story from other sources- all good., and yes, the golf line is almost directly quoted from the book), disliked what others disliked moria orcs design, great goblin end line, troll foollery, Radagast foolishness; though I admit, I did like him for what he was.) there is a field of alternate interpretations and these went a little further than my taste fancied. Overall though I trust Peter, he’s definately proven himself. I think he has set out to have a little more fun this time around… Let’s try to also.

  40. It’s a pleasure to return in Middle Earth ….. Just after 10 seconds, with the music, we dream again …..

    Thank to all people who made this movie and courage for the 2 others.

    Happy new year from France

  41. I have never got the read the books, but the movie trailer somehow gives me a coazy feeling and i am getting in the mood of a good evening on the sofa with low lights and enjoying a movie. I should probably switch my phone off aswell, i find it very disturbing during movies. I have not seen the movie yet but in my opinion its going to be something like the “Lord of the Rings”, and i remember how much i enjoyed that movie in the past. So i am looking forward to it.

    Thank you author for this blog! Also happy new year in advance.


  42. I just saw The Hobbit this afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed all the nonviolent parts. I could tolerate the superfluous Pale Orc story line except it made the movie’s fatal flaw even worse: the sheer amount of graphic violence in the movie – far beyond what is in the book.

    Our two fifth grade boys have seen many PG-13 movies without incident. One of the boys came with us, and couldn’t watch large sections of the movie because it was too graphic. The other, a big fan of the Lord of the Rings Lego video game, refused to go because he had heard about the battle scenes and didn’t want to have nightmares.

    Of the two, it turns out the one who skipped the movie was happier with his choice.

    Any Hobbit movie that is too violent for fifth graders is not by any measure a success. If the next two are as bad, we’ll be skipping them.

    • The Hobbit was no more graphic than the original trilogy. Perhaps you and your kids should have watched the original films before seeing the new movie. And a movie can be a success without the approval of your video game addicted children, thank you very much.

    • Im surprised with how… sensitive your fith-graders are. Many children these days watch R-rated films aswell as play the more gory video-games without batting an eyelash. They grow up as normal, loving, and hardworking people like the rest. I supposed It can’t be helped though, but squeemish people will probably see it later when they grow older and think to themselves… “None of this stuff is real anyway, so why was I afraid again? The violence only added to the intensity and grit of the film.”

      Ofcourse some never grow out of being touchy, but it’s their loss. The Hobbit so far, was good. Aswell as LOTR, also pg-13 and equally violent.

      • Glorfindel's Daughter says:

        PS. I saw the Trilogy when I was 1. I also am the girl who’s father cheated on her mother and ran away when I was 4, the girl who has three older brothers and no sisters, the girl who has been in and out of the hospital for 2/3rds of her life. Middle-Earth is an escape for me. Please do not ruin that place of escape for other people who are very much living in the real world. Besides, I am still surprised that most of the boys I hang out with have never seen the trilogy, and most of the girls I hang out with have. I have found that girls are actually more used to violence than boys. we just understand that it is not an okay thing to do. 🙂
        Also, for all the mega-fans. I would suggest looking at the LOTR medley by Lindsey Stirling. THat song(s) made me cry every time I watched it (389 times to be exact!!!)

    • Glorfindel's Daughter says:

      Gosh, you are so right!! I know a 4 year old who has seen twilight, not to mention numerous horror movies and other graphic movies, what I want to say is this:
      for people who want to let their little ones watch it remember this. It is a PG-13 movie, and there is a reason it is rated that. Please remember that as we anticipate the next 2.
      for my birthday in a couple of weeks, me and my older brother are going to see the hobbit in IMAX 3D! And then we are going to watch the trilogy extended edition non-stop. This means a bunch to me because My older brother is getting married in may and LOTR is a special bond him and I shared through the almost 14 years of my life, and having to watch him get married almost breaks my heart. Congrats to Mr. Jackson and the ENTIRE Hobbit team for smashing their record!

  43. Nathan Petersheim says:

    I watched it three times as of two nights ago and I have to say… It’s just as good or better every time. Way too much fun! I love the comedy, the music, the characters, and everything else but the best thing about it is the heart of the story that comes out strongly.

  44. Maria Cava says:

    I think, this film is the best of the year. If you want to see it online visit

  45. Mrs. Frodo Baggins says:

    I am so happy for you guys! Hopefully, by the time the next movie comes out, I will be in New Zealand with my family at the premiere!
    Wanna say thanks for all you’ve done. LOtR is my escape from everything else, when times are rough. Being a teenage girl LOtR fan geek, doesn’t come without a few times of being made fun of.
    Worth it(:

  46. Philomena Agnes says:

    It has been so exciting that The Hobbit was finally made!! and there are many good things about the movie. But, all my friends and family who have seen it are universally disappointed with the portrayal of Radagast the Brown. We’ve been wondering if there was a place that viewers could post comments on so the directors could receive feedback and I hope this is it; because all those Tolkien fans who have read the books have been surprised by the way the film chose to cast Radagast. Why on earth is he so different from the other wizards? He’s comical and odd, on a completely different level from Gandalf and Saruman; which the books don’t indicate at all. Tolkien doesn’t give us much detailed information on him, true, but… the film made him seem like a cheap little magician that you would expect to see in some other fantasy film, not the world of Middle Earth. Obviously there’s no changing him now, but we hope that the rest of the characters in the movies will be more in the spirit of the LOTR cast, which were all fantastic!!!

    • You know, Radagast reminds me a little of my mother…
      she can be often silly and quite “woo woo” in her demeanor but she can whip out an exceptional recipe or folk remedy from memory at the drop of a hat. That too is rather wizard like… I suspect Radagast is often underestimated and we will see some serious wizardry from him yet…

  47. Not to be too greedy already but pls, pls include the whole dwarf song (10 verses written by Tolkien) on the extended DVD. It was absolutely amazing!! Goose bumps just listening to that one song as performed by Richard Armitage and the dwarves! Needless to say that I join millions of people who can’t wait for the next two movies to come out and then the extended DVD set. THANK YOU SO MUCH, PETER and everyone involved!!

  48. MariusGTV says:

    Firstly, let me begin by saying that I have read the book many times and this is a good movie. Peter Jackson and all the cast and crew should be congratulated on a job well done. The technical achievements in the 3D and higher film speed really make this film the clearest and most detailed film I have ever seen.

    Having said that, I will not be going to see the next movies in 3D. It was just too detailed and clear and I hope that it was that and not the higher film speed that spoiled this movie for me as I really want to enjoy the next two movies. The CGI became too obvious and left me disappointed as I wanted to be able to immerse myself in the film as I had on LOTR and not be constantly reminded that actually this is a movie and all this stuff is all CGI! The story to is too small for three movies. When I heard that it was originally to be two I thought it might be difficult to transfer such a small, light book into two movies but with added storyline threads and expansion to certain scenes that it may be possible. But as it is to be three movies I think this will be almost impossible to do. The Hobbit is a small book, some 280 pages or so and even with additional storylines and other threads from other writings, it will be very hard to pull this off. Hopefully PJ can do it but I have my doubts. There are moments from the book that have been left out or brushed over and bits added that quite frankly just did not do the story any favours.
    Also, as others have said, it would have been better IMHO if more actors had been adopted for key goblin and orc roles as per LOTR. There is just too many CGI characters flying about and that becomes really apparent when using this new technology.
    In short, go and see this movie, it is good; but it is not great. The books transfer has not been as successful as the LOTR so far and the huge visual effect that made the LOTR so good has somehow been lost in The Hobbit partly IMHO because of the technical advances that have been adopted. Perhaps PJ should have saved this technical stuff for a movie like Tin Tin. I think that kind of clarity would work really well on an animated movie.
    Oh, and can I just say please use someone else for the end credit song. That song is just plain awful.

  49. LegolasPippin says:

    Think about it. The Hobbit was Tolkien’s first book, first of all. He didn’t have the experience he had when writing the LOTR books. Also, Tolkien spent like 13 YEARS writing the LOTR. Big difference. Think of it this way: the Hobbit is basically just a way to set up the LOTR trilogy. There’s really not that much action, when compared to the large-scale, end-of-the-world drama in the Lord of the Rings. I originally thought that turning two movies into three movies was a big mistake, but I realized that they have to have a reason for this decision. If they decided to go into more depth concerning the Necromancer thing briefly touched on in the first Hobbit movie, I would be thrilled! I see everything they do and add to the series as more Middle Earth time for me (: Also it could help explain many things that happen in LOTR that we don’t get a good explanation for. There are many other things I feel are misinterpreted by some of ya’ll, but I’ve been typing for like 2 hours now so I’ll save it for another time. If you don’t like how the Hobbit movies are turning out, don’t go see them. End of story.

    • MariusGTV says:

      Hi LegolasPippin.
      I get where you are coming from and I know there is some credit in what you say but you can’t change the fact that LOTR came to the cinema first! We all know that the Hobbit was Tolkien’s first introduction of these characters etc, but the problem is it wasn’t Peter Jackson’s. He has brilliantly set up this world and characters in LOTR and you can’t expect everyone who may not be gushing about this movie to unsee or unexperience what they have seen in the LOTR movies just to make the Hobbit work for them!
      I think the problem for many is that the LOTR set up an experience they hoped would be replicated in The Hobbit and is just wasn’t. Now, that may be their problem but it is also a concern for the film makers as they are the ones who set up the experience in the first place. For me, I think it may have more to do with the technology adopted this time than actual failings in the story but I will be going to see the next movies and I am looking forward to them very much.

      • LegolasPippin says:

        I see your point. I just want to apologize to everyone who was offended at what I said, I was in a passionate Hobbit-loving mood so I kinda attacked everyone who said anything critical about the movie so I’m sorry (: Thanks for sharing Marius, I always enjoy reading other people’s comments when they are not completely one-sided. I realize some of mine are one-sided, so again I apologize. I liked many things about the Hobbit and disliked many as well.


        • Glorfindel's Daughter says:

          Don’t be afraid to defend something you love! I wish people would just shut up over whether or not the hobbit was as good as the trilogy, we are only one movie in people!! there are still two to go!!!
          PS LOTR and The Hobbit(so far) totally beats the hunger games, twilight and harry potter combined!!!

  50. LegolasPippin says:

    Oh and I agree with MariusGTV. That song over the end credits was beyond horrible. Bleh.

  51. I was waiting so long time and I have to say that it was worth to. It was really nice to see Tolkien’s world.

  52. Fantastic movie :).Great screenplay.

  53. There is no chance that any commentators have as much Tolkien knowledge as I do, and besides for the fact that I cannot write well, I will freely admit as a hardcore fan of the book and all books Middle-Earth and Undying Lands related I was VERY skeptical when hearing The Hobbit was made into a 3 part movie. Frank Zappa’s critique on ‘The Beatles’ “They’re only in it for the money,” is indeed most appropriate for the releasing of The Hobbit. However, I know Peter Jackson, I know his work and he is (simply put) consistent with all the movies he has ever done; sweeping and over the top. I do not doubt he and his team (wife) put an incredible amount of thought and effort into creating a cinematic story that the public can enjoy. We holders of the Tolkien word can only awe and await in anticipation his creation of the rest of this story. Believe me, if I had the ability to, I would try, and while I don’t like all aspects of the content or rendering of his/this book, I know he has Tolkien at heart and will wait with anticipation for his next two installments.

  54. LegolasPippin says:

    Anyone know when the movie leaves theaters in the US? I already want to buy the movie haha (:

  55. Absolutely loved it. I’ve now seen the movie 5 times and it doesn’t get any less amazing!

    Loved Gollum, he was so realistic!!

  56. Yes, the film is great : ) I have seen it only once, but I am waiting for more : ) maybe a new production video? ; D

  57. Congratulations, have seen the movie yet but dying to see it. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. Bring on the trilogy!

  58. weltersbach alan says:

    bravo encore

  59. weltersbach alan says:

    bonjour peter je voulais vous dire que vou aver rendu lenfance dun enfant merveilleux car cela va faire 10 ans que la trimogie du seigneur des anneaux est sortie et que moi et mon grand frere revon de merveilleux momen grace a vous car meme maintenan que jai grandi mon coeur est rester unenfant alor je ne peut mempecher de revaser se vos film jai meme eter jusqua voir le hobit 4 fois au cinema depui 3 semaine quil est sorti …
    vous saver petter quan jetai peti je pensier deja a vous envoyer une lettre pour vou remercier de tout vos effort fournie pour nous eparnouir de plus en plus .
    en plus je cest que les tournage sont long et fatiguan comme vous stipuller dans votre interviou mai je pence que de savoir le nombre de fan que vous aver cela doie vous motiver encore plus enfin jespere que vous prendrai le temp de me repondre en prenan un petit thee et pour que je puise croire encore en vou depui le temp ke jen reve

    desoler de pas avoir ecrit en anglais mai c que jai du male

    …thank you verry good petter , to be continu

    • Alan weltersbach says:

      Hello peter J’aimerai en savoir un peu plus sur vous sur votre personnalités votre enfance parler et vous connaître envoyer moi un message dans boîte imails
      Please ,,,,,,bone journée

  60. I doubt you will read this, but as a aspiring continuity officer I noticed a few inconsistency near the end of “The Hobbit” (btw I loved the movie)

    This inconsistency appeared when the eagle picked up Thorin while he is passed out, I noticed that one of his legs was not grabbed by the eagles claw and was left dangling, and in the next cut scenes and close up of Thorin soaring in the air in the eagles claw, his legs are now together in the eagles claw. Then in the close up of Thorin passed out, I noticed that his sword was not closer to the upper part of his body where it is now noticeable in shot, when in fact the sword was lower when picked up by the eagle. Finally the last inconsistency which applies to the first error I found was that when its back to the scene of the eagle going to put Thorin down, his legs are back to how it was when he was picked up by the eagle (where one of his legs are left dangling).

    If you do read this, I just wanted to inform your continuity officer to pick up on his job haha
    I look forward to the next installment

    • Jeez, if that’s what you go to a movie to do is to look for editing inconsistencies, you need to stop and just wait for the DVDs and be quiet. The movie was amazing even with anything you might have noticed. Peter Jackson is amazing. Can’t wait for the next two. If anybody at Wingnut actually reads this stuff, if Peter isn’t actually going to do the Silmarilion (which would be a shame), and take another 6 years of his life to dedicate to a movie, I wish he would consider the Dune Trilogy. No one has ever been able to do that justice. I think Peter Jackson is the only one who could.

  61. Milo Boggy-Hillocks says:

    I don’t know why some people, (mainly critics), say that the 48 fps is bad and makes it look like a reality tv show, and that the props look fake, and that it makes the CGI look fake, and that it’s inconsistent with LOTR, and so on…
    I saw it in 48 fps and in 3D and it looked awesome. It was the best 3D experience ever. I am very glad I saw it this way, I don’t think it “topped” Lotr, or anything, some scenes were incredible, like I never imagined when I read the books.
    Love it as much as the book.

  62. Will you release an Extended edition 48fps blu ray disc? It could be epic. I saw some sample of 48fps 2D on internet and it’s look 3D without 3D…


  63. WeeReviews says:

    I enjoyed the hobbit though it does have some problems, i actually wrote a review of it on my blog you guys could check out see if you agree or not?

  64. The movie is great, but it’s NOT another LOTR trilogy! Is it hard to understand??

  65. Will the movie come out in theatres without being 3D ?

  66. philip beaumont says:

    Congratulations to Peter Jackson and team. I love the segues from LOTR- very immersive -I have only seen it 9 times already.

  67. Awesome!! Can’t wait for the next two installments to come out and top the records set by the original LOTR trilogy.

  68. A Literature Teacher says:

    No people can ever be more wrong than the Hobbit movie haters.
    Firstly, it’s beyond ridiculous to complain that the movie strays from the books. No matter what its inspiration source is, it’s a work of art of its own and it can stray as much as the author wants to. Secondly, rendering a story through image is EXTREMELY different from rendering it through written word alone. Read a book, any book that was never made into a film and then try to picture it ALL in your head, just as if you were the director of a movie. Many things just won’t work on the screen!

    Now back to the actual The Hobbit… The book was for children, the movie entertains people of all ages. Deal with it. If you are bothered by this horde of fans, just go support whatever you like, if there’s anything you like. It is a great fact and a joy that PJ chose to add more epic layers, more conflict and more depth to characters. It is no longer the story of a hobbit who goes to trick a dragon, but the quest of an exiled, deeply troubled king who has to take what rightfully his and who faces way too many opponents in his way.

    Also, it is quite something to see how PJ portrays the dwarven race and how he shows us that the once oh-so-perfect elves are actually flawed, as any creatures of the world… it’s a deeply human perspective and it makes us think. Thumbs up, that is surely in the vein of Tolkien, who loved to provoke such thoughts in his readers’ minds and to inoculate some moral sense.

    The only complaint i have is about the CGI characters – these are too much in the style of pc gaming.

    As for the ‘money issue’ – what a weak argument to invoke! the second trilogy is made for the fans. It gives us a chance to return to the ONLY Middle Earth we’ve seen on screen. And we’re happy. We gladly give our money away for that. Problem? Those who think PJ does it all for the money just shouldn’t pay a bit for the movies.

    Aaand finally, another FACT for those who whine so ridiculously about the plot and the additions: Cristopher Tolkien sold the rights O N L Y for the LOTR and The Hobbit books! this means they just couldn’t use any bit of info from his other (rich) sources. And this is also tied to what I said earlier about the need to modify a plot when transferring it from paper to screen…
    … but anyway, haters will hate and loudly complain, without using their reasoning capacity or opening their eyes to see the facts.

    • “Now back to the actual The Hobbit… The book was for children, the movie entertains people of all ages. Deal with it. If you are bothered by this horde of fans, just go support whatever you like, if there’s anything you like. It is a great fact and a joy that PJ chose to add more epic layers, more conflict and more depth to characters. It is no longer the story of a hobbit who goes to trick a dragon, but the quest of an exiled, deeply troubled king who has to take what rightfully his and who faces way too many opponents in his way.”

      Yeah I think you are right about that. Some ppl are complaining about the movie, but most of them didn’t even try to think about all GOOD changes. Peter did fantastic work, and now Hobbit is much more than just a simple story about gold and dragon.

  69. big hit in romania

  70. Wow. Amazing movie. Best movie I have ever seen.

  71. Anyone knows when Bluray will be released? And what about directors cut! I want DIRECTORS CUT!! 🙂 already got entire Lotr trilogy on bluray 🙂

  72. they should make a game like skyrim except it should be middle earth

  73. Well this comes as something that all of us predicted. This movie is to amazing and the team behind it made a wonderfull job. I got the chance to go and see the movie and let me tell you that I was simply amazed about the effects and characters. I love the LOTR with all my heart and they deserve all this for their hard work.

  74. it is really cool and amazing. i’m gona watch this 😉

  75. Great news,$223 millions are great results.This is a perfect continue of the trilogy.

  76. Christopher Tolkien can huff and puff about the commercialization of his father’s works, but how many generations have read and been inspired by them and since Peter made LOTR how many more have picked them up thereby putting $$$ in Christopher’s pockets? The point is not the commercialization, the point is making these amazing pieces of literature come to life and become accessible to millions of people who otherwise would not have been exposed and allowing them to visit the incredible world of Middle Earth in all its complexities and rich history from a master visionary.

    I will be 60 soon and I first read LOTR when I was 11 years old. I remember being in the back seat while driving on vacation, hitting my older brother with The Fellowship of The Ring when Gandalf went over the edge with the Balrog because he didn’t warn me. I swear, all of the pictures Tolkien created in my head with his words magically appeared on the screen in the movies, including the Hobbit. Well, except perhaps for Thorin. He is much more handsome than my imagination had him appearing. Regal I got, drop dead gorgeous I missed.

    Take the time to watch the blogs and you will see the dedication, attention to detail, incredible long hours and hard work it takes from cast and crew, one and all, to give you a film that you sit comfortably in a warm theater with your popcorn and soda and watch. So please stop picking it apart. You are not actors, directors, set directors, make up artists, graphic designers or any other movie making professional to be able to make those all encompassing remarks.

    Just sit back, pick up your popcorn, drink your soda and enjoy absolutely spectacular movie making at its best.

    P.S. Oh, and if Peter isn’t keen on the Silmarilion, maybe he would consider The Dune Trilogy and do for Frank Herbert fans what he has done for Tolkien fans. Make the world of Dune come alive as no one else can.

  77. Amazing I hope it the toy story 3 record 🙂

  78. I am a LOTR fan rather than a Hobbit fan. I’ve been so since high school some 45 years ago. I like the Hobbit, but LOVE LOTR. That being said, I enjoyed the Hobbit movie far more than I thought.

    Jackson finds appendix and one sentence passages and develops them into cool story lines. I mean Azog, The Defiler, destroyer/conquerer of Moria, was a neat addition to the Hobbit movie. I think there is one sentence about Azog in the Hobbit, but a whole appendix about him in LOTR. It makes me go back and pore over the books just to see where Jackson is getting this tangent and that tangent.

    And I don’t mind these diversions as long as they have some basis in Tolkien’s works.

    But that’s also probably why I’m more a LOTR fan–intricate story lines.

    I would love for Jackson to create the movie for The Silmarillion one day, if the rights ever become free. There’s another intricate book–quite fine.

  79. mithrandir says:

    It ain’t a surprise it broke records. It’s expected actually. I love the way the film turned out. Great job Peter Jackson!

  80. I can’t wait for the next 2 movies .. 🙂

  81. Me too..really looking forward to the next movie!

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