December 14, 2012
A Tale of Two Films
Filmed in stunning 48fps and a use of 3D that actually accentuates the movie rather than detracting from it, The Hobbit is a feast for the eyes. Returning to Middle Earth never felt so good. With epic vistas, beautiful effects, and chaotic battles, The Hobbit will draw you in, and take you for a ride from beginning to end.
The characters who go along for that ride with you though, are another matter altogether. Unfortunatly, the acting at times seems disjointed and lack luster. The first hour of the film is filled with slow plodding storylines, and acting that seems phoned in and just plain corny. With very little variety between characters, it is hard to find a reason to care about most of them, much less figure out who they are. The film also seems to develop a nasty habit of wandering so far away from the source material, you are often left wondering if it is even the same story. If you are a purist, be prepared to be disappointed.
Over all, it is a good film, just not amazing.
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