Written December 15, 2012
Saw it on Friday Night on a HFR screen. Its like watching a Soap Opera, a TV show. That being said the movie itself has some scenes which could be avoided to reduce the running time. Scenes like the 2 mountains fighting, gandalf's wizard companion resurrection of some mouse, the dwarf fighting the 3 giant orcs until gandalf turns them into a stone, these scenes just prolong the movie and bore you.
Thou one-time watch definitely due to the spectacular 3D effects and visuals.
Written April 30, 2016
I enjoyed the movie. Several actors from the Ring Trilogy appeared in their character roles in this movie. The cinematography and scenery were pretty spectacular. This may have been enhanced by the HFR. The 3D gave a certain depth to the visual experience. There were many story threads woven in the movie to set up background and future events. Seems like this trilogy will be richer than the original story and will be better tied into the Ring Trilogy. The movie might not be suitable for young children, so parents be careful. the movie left me wanting the next installment right away.
Written September 29, 2016
What a way to:
A. Make use of 3D!
B. Welcome the world into a new era of filmmaking!
The film is quite slow for the first forty-five minutes, but is fantastic therein. I can't recommend "The Hobbit" enough, both for its technology and its storytelling!
Written July 25, 2016
I'm never a big fan of 3D movies, but I saw this one in 3D in order to see the HFR version. I have to say, it wasn't worth the extra money for the tickets. It certainly did not add to the experience, if anything it was distracting. While it helped smooth out the CGI, the real actors, costumes, props and sets were all so clear that it was painfully obvious that they were actors, costumes, props and sets. In the first scene I could clearly see Bilbo's makeup and hair cream, and later on I could see Gandalf's contact lenses. Rather than making the action sequences appear more 'real', the HFR just made every scene look like an over-lit British sitcom.
As for the movie itself, as others said it was obviously drawn out excessively for fiscal purposes. It felt too long, and many scenes were superfluously extended. Others were changed from the book for no apparent reason, which confused the story more rather than adding to it (like the rock giants battling instead of playing football).
Written January 22, 2017
This retelling of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey HFR 3D is a marvel to watch. Not being a Tolkien purist or even a big fan, it's amazing how Peter J is able to expand on the story of Bilbo Baggins & company into a magically compelling storytelling of a very favorite children's book. Luckily, his source material, the Silmarillion, is full of everything Tolkien, which he was able to pull out all the necessary details to make his version a wondrous accomplishment. Yes, I love this first installment of what can turn out to be even better, stylistically and technically, than his previous trilogy, LOTR. Be prepared to let your eyes adjust to all the visuals because the HFR 3D version heightens the sense of realism to the point that you may want to reach out and touch Gandalf's walking staff or older Bilbo's freshly written page. I did experience some eye strain during some parts but it readily disappeared as you watch the movie. But, anyways, I think you'll enjoy the movie with a smile.