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.
Written July 29, 2015
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 05, 2015
saw the HFR 3D edition. i've read all the reports about how it looks "fake" and destroys your "suspension of disbelief", or that it looks like a bad 70's soap opera or that the lighting was bad or you could see the makeup and whatnot. but you know what? i have NO idea what they're talking about. i'm actually in the SPFX biz (for 25 years now) and see every blockbuster movie and i gotta say, HFR is SO awesome! NOT jarring, NOT fake looking, just pure, smooth, clear, clean motion. i just don't know what the critics are talking about.
granted, i've had time to get used to it, because a couple years ago i got an HFR TV, a 65" that uses motion estimation auto-up-sample the frame rate to 120 fps. i admit that when i first got my TV, *everything* looked fake to me. but then i got used to it, now i don't notice it at all, and everything just looks *better*. WAY better.
Written May 22, 2015
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.
Written February 07, 2016
Even though The Hobbit was my least of all favorite books including the Lord of the Rings, I still loved it. The movie held it's place where it belonged... still not quite as good as LotR, but still amazing!