This is one more review in which I explain why I disliked a movie. Sorry...
The Hobbit part1 is a good kids movie. Or at least it would be if it was a lot less violent.
For an adult, at least for this adult, it's pretty but mostly boring.
I liked it visually a lot. The nature, the creatures and the camera movements. Somethimes I was thinking "That. is. so. nice".
But we shouldn't judge a movie only based on its cover and the praise ends there.
I didn't care for any of the characters. I didn't mind spending time with Gandalf again but it's not like he showed me another side of him.
The rest of the characters were pretty simple and uninteresting.
Bilbo was the most interesting sane character but he still wasn't engaging enough. Martin Freeman did a good job though his acting felt a bit like he it was from a 2012 Real Earth drama. I don't know if I was supposed to care about Bilbo's internal journey. I mean, he felt OK at home but he was kinda bored and his ancestor was brave so maybe he should do something extreme and hey these poor folks need help but maybe not but what the hell he'll just do it. Also, he totally stole that ring probably because it was shiny but he spared Gollum's life so he's forgiven by the audience... Seriously?
I like how in the movie whenever the heroes are close to dying, they get saved by their resourceful minds and not by a cheap trick like the phrasing of this sentence.
Question: Can't the Dwarfs get a home somewhere else? I mean, you were there and now the dragon is there. Get. over it. Gold is nice but there are more important things in life, like friendship and playing with plates after dinner.
I just don't get what powers Gandalf actually possesses. He seems to be nothing more than a good fighter at times. Does het get stronger or weaker according to the plot's needs?
The Gollum scenes were probably the best ones. Serkis's facial expressions are a masterpiece they combine creepiness, joy (of a twisted kind) and pitiful humanity, making Gollum, as weird as it may sound, perhaps the most relatable character. He/It's a hightened version of the everyday person as opposed to most of the other characters who are either one-note or too familiar by now.