January 25, 2013
Okay, first off, I've been a dedicated Tolkien fan since I was 13 (a very, very long time ago), so there was no question I was going to love seeing Bilbo come to life on the big screen, just as I loved watching the LOTR movies.
However, despite being 51 years old, I had NEVER before had the IMAX experience, let alone in 3D. Seeing The Hobbit that way was unbelievable! Not only is the movie itself excellent (yet another smashing success for Peter Jackson), but the addition of 3D effects makes it almost indescribably amazing. There are arrows, burning pine cones and rocks coming right AT you! The characters literally jump off the screen, both due to the 3D effect and due to the wonderful acting and cinematography.
Plus, and this is one of my favorite things - there's a lot of Gandalf, as well as a lot of the pre-history that was left out of the LOTR movies (ie: Saruman just at the beginning of his turn toward evil).
All I can say is, if you haven't seen it yet, go NOW!
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