Written December 30, 2012
So I have seen the Hobbit in both standard HFR 3D in a normal theater and now also in a brand new (only 2 weeks old) IMAX HFR 3D. Definitely would say the IMAX screen and more encompassing screen does make the movie spectacle better, but there was something else I was not expecting, the SOUND.
The brand new IMAX in our area has an incredible sound system. It is not one with the latest Dolby ATMOS, but it was night and day compared to the standard (aging theater). You felt and sense the movie so much more. Some of Gandalf explosions rumbled through your chest as if you were standing there to witness its live. The clarity and channel separation made the sound-scape feel real. It was beautiful. Best sounding movie I have ever heard.
IMAX HFR 3D vs standard HFR 3D, IMAX wins hands down just for the field of view. Since The Hobbit was not shot in IMAX and sampled digitally it IMAX format I didn't expect any greater detail and I didn't notice any. HFR is hopefully the future
Written December 16, 2012
Great movie with a cliff hanger insisting on seeing #2 and then #3 I'm certain. Interesting that the crowd at the movie was well over 30 something. Young Bilbo was a hit.
Written December 18, 2012
While I am not a big fan of the current trend of splitting novels into 2 (or more) movies, I think Peter Jackson pulled it off with The Hobbit part one. Even at a healthy 2:45, the movie did not drag and the plot did advance at a reasonable pace. The film (in Imax and 3-D) is visually stunning and seeing familar characters and locales again was wonderful.
I beleive that the version I viewed included the 48 fps that critics have commented on extensively - if so, I did not see anything to complain about. The 3-D was seamless (no gimmicks) and Peter Jackson and his crew have created one of the most immersive film experiences to date.
Written December 16, 2012
I am a child of the 1977 Hobbit cartoon. Today, I am a very happy person as I have relived my childhood favorite in a new light. This telling of 'The Hobbit' deserves huge praise. While I will refuse to add spoilers, I will tell the fans of the Rankin-Bass cartoon to rest at ease. Thank You Mr. Jackson for paying homage to your previous films as well as the cartoons from the childhoods of many. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!
***CAUTION: The stories around the 48 frame/sec causing headaches may have truth to it. Half way into the movie my wife experienced a splitting headache that subsided after removing the glasses and looking away for around 5 to 10 minutes.
Written January 02, 2013
Fantastic to look at, as expected, and who doesn't love Martin Freeman? He was a genius bit of casting for Bilbo. It really didn't need to be 3 hours long though. All the jammed in battles began to feel more for the spectacle than the story. Richard Armitage does a great job with Thorin as well, loved him. Definitely see it on the big screen, but know you will feel the time pass!