Written December 14, 2012
The movie itself was amazing. Just wish the Regal Cinema here had been showing it's IMAX version in HFR. The normal screens are too small to justify paying for, and those paying top dollar for IMAX are the most likely to want the new technology.
Written December 17, 2012
This is a great movie, right along the lines of the lord of the rings before it. The 3D action is great. Just got to remember this is one movie of three so it does not really end!
Written September 20, 2014
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 January 27, 2015
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 16, 2012
As expected, Peter Jackson creates a masterpiece. There really aren't any surprises here (other than the plot additions). The Hobbit is rendered with intricate detail and pushes the boundaries of CGI. I'm ready for the next two movies!
I reviewed this movie for the HFR 48 fps version and decided to see it again in 24 fps. The Hobbit works SOOOOO much better in 24 fps instead of HFR. The lighting appeared natural, the man made "natural" objects didn't come off as fake, the characters blended into the settings instead of standing out as actors on the set of a play.
HFR was good at two things. CGI objects in the foreground came off as pretty realistic. The biggest benefit of HFR was the noticeable reduction in blurriness associated with action sequences and panning across the screen in 3D movies.
IMAX 3D is the best way to see The Hobbit. Skip HFR for a more authentic experience.