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High Frame Rate 3D Hobbit a worthwhile journey

By danielhubby
Written December 15, 2012
I took in the premier of The Hobbit in HFR 3D. I couldn't decide which enticed me more; the film itself or the visually distinct HFR presentation. In hindsight, I would suggest viewing the film first in traditional 24 FPS in order to focus on the vastness of Tolkien's tale and the beauty of Jackson's vision. The High Frame Rate version adds a completely new and fascinating dynamic to the experience. Still, because of how obviously different the visual aesthetic is from the three previous 24 FPS Tolkien/Jackson films, I was partially taken out of the film at the beginning as I sought to reconcile the visuals with those I had come to associate with prior film depictions of Middle Earth. I can't wait to see the film again in the traditional 24 FPS presentation, not because I feel this will be a better experience but rather as an opportunity to connect this new film with the aesthetics of its predecessors and to compare the visions of what I saw (or saw more of) in last night's 48 FPS
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The best book ever watched

By ddfish29
Written December 15, 2012
I saw the movie in 45 frame per second 3D format. I'm not sure if watching the movie this way is quite necessary but I loved the movie. I went to the movies with a few friends and we all liked it. One of my friends (who is an avid reader) said "it was like watching a book come to life". I stole the title for this review from him. It is true in some new way I haven't had the pleasure of exeriencing before it was like watching my imagination come to life on the screen. I am now quite delighted by the idea that I get to return to this story two more times. I believe anyone who loves fantisy will love this story for that reason alone. The movie is not the Hobbit book but it is the the Hobbit and when you watch the movie you will know what I mean by that. Now for some negatives: there are some pretty cheesy, corny one liners and the Orcs (goblins don't quite do it for me in this movie. Radagast was almost too wierd but loved anyways. Finally great movie you must go and watch it.
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Can't wait for the next one!

By abetwopoint0
Written December 16, 2012
I LOVED the first part of this new trilogy. If you've read the book, it's interesting to see what parts they've added from the appendices in LOTR. Seeing it in 3D is amazing, especially when they're in Rivendell and in the goblin kingdom. I just might go see it again.
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Terrific Movie!

By PeggyMunro
Written January 16, 2013
I loved it! It was great seeing old friends (Gandalf, Elrond, Frodo, Galadriel, Saruman [snooty as ever!]). It also was great to meet the new characters: young Bilbo and Gloin (father of Gimli?). I'm always impressed by the ugliness and creepiness afforded by the Orcs, Trolls and other antagonists. Who dreams up these nightmares? They're great, though! I have to admit, though, that I wasn't too impressed by the HFR. I never have problems with the "regular" 3D, so I didn't notice whether this new 3D is a better experience.
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Big Disappointment

By waiter
Written December 15, 2012
If misstepping were an aerobic exercise, Peter Jackson would be in excellent shape. Although I had the highest hopes for this return to Middle-earth, I am sorry to say that it suffers from many serious problems (in spite of some wonderful moments along the way). The bad outweighs the good by far: (1) The editing is inept; the movie lacks coherence, slogging from one bloated action extravaganza to another; (2) the tone is uneven; by trying to link too obviously to the Lord of the Rings films, PJ strains to blend dark undertones with the silly fairy-tale elements characteristic of the book. The result is forced and emotionally unsatisfying; this film needed a much lighter touch and a deft hand; (3) there was too much irrelevant padding that just made no sense; (4) the 3D HFR detracted from, rather than enhanced, the already weak storytelling. Huge disappointment: C-.
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