I will be completely honest in my review. The Hobbit an unexpected was a little disappointing in my opinion. I loved the book when my fifth grade teacher read it to me and the class. When I first seen the trailer to the movie a year ago, it seemed impossible to wait that long. Well like every other movie it came. I just seen it today a few hours ago, and... Well, not the best. I was so eager to see it, and the first half is great, until it gets lost in all the mayhem. Don't get me wrong I did like the movie bust it just wasn't lord of the rings, and it tried so hard to be its own individual thing, instead of the traditional lord of rings storytelling. The main issue is that the run time is brutal, even for hardcore fans of Jackson's epic Lord of the rings trilogy. Where that trilogy made sense as 3 separate movies. That was okay because it was 3 separate books. The Hobbit doesn't pace good enough to be three movies. The hobbit easily could have been one movie, instead of part 1. But I think I was disappointed because it didn't really stay true to the book. Jackson easily could have made this into one long LOTR's type movie,and it would have been fine. But hey don't let my review stop you from liking it. However this is just as violent as the first lord of the rings, there are several decapitations, impaling's, stabbings, with swords and knives bashing with hammers, one characters head is held up high and then thrown, and its shown rolling. An orc is eaten by three wolves, and many characters being hit with flying arrows, in the face, head, chest. Orc's and goblins fall from great heights, and Gollum bashes a goblins head with a stone. Three mountain giants bash each other senseless in a colossal fight. But none of it is worse than the first LOTR's. I recommend this movie to LOTR fans, but fans of the book may mildly disappointed, like me.