This was fabulous! By pruning away so much of the silly comedy and unneeded story, the story really got a chance to shine, on the same level as the Lord of the Rings. This is my go-to for viewing from now on.
The editing choices made for a very enjoyable viewing experience.
With the unnecessary bits removed (especially the more cartoonish action sequences), the story really did come alive.
Thoroughly enjoyed this edit, would view it again.
Great edit! I enjoyed how it felt much more similar to the books. It was also more digestible with the excess cut out. I was impressed by the editor's ability to cut whole subplots without making the story incoherent.
This is how the Hobbit should have been. The story feels way more contained and substantial, removing unnecessary fluff and filler while adding in multiple scenes and shots from deleted scenes, completely changing the atmosphere of the movie. Characters feel easier to connect to, and I feel this edit showcased Bilbo and Thorin's relationship in a much more wholesome light. These movies had the warm magic that the original LOTR trilogy had, where the original hobbit movies felt like bloated Marvel movies. 10/10, this is what I will be watching every time from now on