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Should I take my 5.5yr old DS to see The Hobbit?


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#1 millie_11

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:43 PM

Hi,

DS1 (who is 5.5) really wants to see The Hobbit film. He watched a 'making of The Hobbit show' and really wants to see the film. He's watched the trailers and wasn't scared at all. He's pretty mature, has a very good understanding of what is real v pretend and knows that The Hobbit is all just a story, but I'm worried that there would be lots of scary fighting (even though he says he wouldn't be scared of it). He's seen lots of films at the cinema, but all PG and G.

What do you think? Should I take him? Or get it on DVD for him to watch in a couple of years original.gif

Thanks

#2 0zeKid

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

I have heard it has some pretty scary creatures. I will not take my DD6 after she had nightmares from Ghostbusters (DH has be reprimanded!).

#3 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

Can he sit quietly for almost 3 hours? I think that would be enough to make me wait for the DVD.

Edited by HerringToMarmalade, 10 January 2013 - 06:47 PM.


#4 The Old Feral

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:48 PM

QUOTE (millie_11 @ 10/01/2013, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,

DS1 (who is 5.5) really wants to see The Hobbit film. He watched a 'making of The Hobbit show' and really wants to see the film. He's watched the trailers and wasn't scared at all. He's pretty mature, has a very good understanding of what is real v pretend and knows that The Hobbit is all just a story, but I'm worried that there would be lots of scary fighting (even though he says he wouldn't be scared of it). He's seen lots of films at the cinema, but all PG and G.

What do you think? Should I take him? Or get it on DVD for him to watch in a couple of years original.gif

Thanks


God no! It's really brutal and the monsters are hideous. It's rated M for a reason.

#5 Carrie_zmatik

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:50 PM

I personally wouldn't take a 5 year old.
My DS is 10 and wants to go see it but I am not sure. He doesn't watch any movies aimed at adults except star wars (he hasn't seen revenge of the Sith though which is M). DS as read all the books and loved them. Sorry to derail, but would you let a DS 10 see it if they had read the book?

#6 blinko

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:51 PM

um no! It's rated M for a reason. He's 5.5, he should be watching PG and G rated movies and waiting till he's older for anything heavier. Add to that his concentration span and ability to comprehend the storyline won't be mature enough for him to handle it.

#7 shopalot33

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:51 PM

I saw it on Tuesday.  I promise it is definitely not suited to 5 year olds.  There are some scary creatures, lots and lots of fighting scenes which go on for ages, plus some gruesome slayings (heads being chopped off).  A big no way!

#8 RealityBites

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

QUOTE (Zion Dreamer @ 10/01/2013, 07:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I personally wouldn't take a 5 year old.
My DS is 10 and wants to go see it but I am not sure. He doesn't watch any movies aimed at adults except star wars (he hasn't seen revenge of the Sith though which is M). DS as read all the books and loved them. Sorry to derail, but would you let a DS 10 see it if they had read the book?


Kudos to your 10yo for reading all the books! He has definitely earned the trip I think, I only got halfway through The Hobbit ..

OP - No, imo 5.5 is too young. Watch it first yourself on dvd, when it comes out, then decide.

#9 mollybot

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:53 PM

I certainly wouldn't ! Peter Jackson has always had a tendre for splatter gore - LOTR has some glorious moments with orcs getting smashed & I suspect that The Hobbit would be more of the same. Personally, I can't wait, but there's NO WAY I would take a 5 YO !!

#10 Apageintime

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:56 PM

No way on earth. It's pretty violent and is super long, even I had trouble sitting through it.

It's M for a reason.

#11 JustBeige

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:00 PM

QUOTE (blinko @ 10/01/2013, 07:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
um no! It's rated M for a reason. He's 5.5, he should be watching PG and G rated movies and waiting till he's older for anything heavier. Add to that his concentration span and ability to comprehend the storyline won't be mature enough for him to handle it.

agree.

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QUOTE (Zion Dreamer @ 10/01/2013, 07:50 PM)
I personally wouldn't take a 5 year old.
My DS is 10 and wants to go see it but I am not sure. He doesn't watch any movies aimed at adults except star wars (he hasn't seen revenge of the Sith though which is M). DS as read all the books and loved them. Sorry to derail, but would you let a DS 10 see it if they had read the book?
If you wont let him watch Revenge of the Sith, because of the violence etc, then dont let him see this.     What he imagines will be different every time he reads the book and he grows in understanding of the storylines.

We always work on the "once they have seen it, they cant unsee it and it always stays with them" theory.    

There is no harm in waiting till they are older.


#12 Natttmumm

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:01 PM

No. It's violent and long. I loved it but its not for young kids.

#13 millie_11

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:07 PM

Pretty unanimous views! Pretty much as I thought (having watched LOTR) but the trailers are temptingly gore free. Think I'll wait and let him watch it when he's read the book - mind you I've been trying to read the book for the past year but finding it pretty dull original.gif

Thanks for your views

#14 Nobody Cool

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

This is a good website to bookmark.

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-revi...xpected-journey

#15 Lyra

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

My daughter is seven and I always worry about what my husband wants her to watch eg The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. He says she will be fine and it turns out she always is LOL Anyway, I sent him off to see The Hobbit and he came back with a verdict of 'I really don't think so' which made me hesitate. I decided to go see it and I came back with a very firm 'not on your life Nelly!'

FWIW my daughter has had the book read to her, is currently re-reading it with us and has seen all the trailers. There are some very, very scary scenes in it which I don't think she would handle and also some very long boring talky bits which would make her restless

At 5.5 I would say no, no way. Like PP have said: it's M rated for a reason

#16 Jeyamoo

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

Definitely no, the scene with gollum is particularly disturbing. It is rated M for mature audiences for a reason. To be honest I am a little shocked you would even consider it at that age!

#17 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:17 PM

It'd be a big NO for me.

I saw it last weekend.  I loved the original LOTR movies (even the extended editions), but I could barely sit through it, it was ridiculously long.

Way to graphic for a 5 year old.  I'd even be hesitant with a 10 year old.

#18 MeerkatMum

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:17 PM

I wouldn't
Me and my partner went and saw it the other week
The people sitting next to us took their 6 year old.. who was seated next to me
45 minutes into the movie "is it nearly finished NOW?" and this continued all the way through the movie.
As well as the girl continually having a conversation with her parents, standing up and clapping at the good bits, and at the girl saying at the bad bits "mmmumm i dont like the scary bits"

Honestly put a downer on the experience for me.
I paid good $$ to see that film, it was my first outing since having DS (5 months - who was being babysat by his grandparents)

Not only were the parents inconsiderate to their child expecting them to sit through a 3 hour movie... it was very inconsiderate to the other movie goers in the cinima

#19 MAGS24

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:24 PM

Personally I wouldn't take a 5-6 year old to see a movie at all, particularly one as violent as The Hobbit. Plus he would need to be able to sit still for 3-4 hours and not disturb other paying customers.




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