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 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-.
Written April 27, 2015
The story is well done of course with excellent character development and of course lots of action. I am not really sure I like the vivid reality of the high frame rate. Many times it felt more video game-like. Next time I am going to watch in standard digital video, not even 3D.