Written September 17, 2014
My three kids are all in their late twenties now and living in different states across from coast to coast. Nevertheless, they each want to experience The Hobbit with me since I read it to them aloud, one at a time, when they were young. And the conjuring of images at that young age is not disappointed when presented with Peter Jackson's representations on the 3-D IMAX screen. Indeed, it is a thrilling and reaffirming experience.
There are embellishments to the original that stay true enough that it is easy to accept these indulgences as a fulfillment of the whole. The animation enables the teller of the tale to reach the heights of what is a spell-binding and engrossing adventure.
This is not to be missed. It is long enough to make you miss your second breakfast and elevensies, but it is worth the grumbling of young tummies to treat the eyes, ears and furry little hobbit feet that tramp along with the grand adventure.
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 August 02, 2014
First off, IMAX 3D was an awesome experience for this movie. Secondly, CGI has come a long way and this movie is prime proof. Just compare for yourself the difference between Gollum in this movie and in the prior LotR trilogy or the goblin lair in this movie and the orcs under the mountain in The Fellowship of the Ring. This movie is beautiful, visually. The story starts off a little slowly IMO but it's somewhat necessary, I suppose. Once the adventure departs The Shire the action picks up and never stops for more than a minute or two. I can honestly say I left the movie asking how I would possibly wait another year for part II. The big question in my mind was "How will this movie stand up to the original LotR trilogy?" The answer, IMO, is...very well. In fact, tit for tat, I think this opener to the trilogy is at least equal to The Fellowship of the Ring. So...go see for yourself!
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 August 22, 2014
Overall an good movie but not as exciting or as good as the LOTR series. Drags at points and then spends a lot of time with the characters running from something. Nonetheless, still enjoyable and hopefully the next 2 will be a little better.