December 18, 2012
None of the book's charming storytelling-- manic & overly long
Where do I begin? I am so disappointed! Jackson did such a good job bringing Tolkien's LoTR Trilogy to life, I really thought this would be just as majestic. Sadly, this has not been the case. Jackson chose NOT to remain faithful to the book's original storyline & opted to "flesh it out" with bits from Tolkien's other writings- sounds good in theory, but a major Fail in actual practice. This movie has forgone all the charm of the book & turned into CGI blurred never-ending pan-shots, long chase scenes, & orc battles. Sounds much more interesting than it is; trust me, please.
IF you must go, skip the 3-D IMAX; in fact, skip any 3-D. The action is too manic & blurry for this to be cinematically enjoyable. I have not seen the High-speed Frame version, so I cannot give an opinion on that, but maybe it would help solve the blurriness.
Also be warned- this movie can give you severe motion sickness. I sat through Cloverfield & never had a problem; the Hobbit made me feel slightly ill.
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