Written July 31, 2014
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.
Written December 15, 2012
This is what my feeling about the movie was for most of the time. It does not catch a feeling of a real world but at all times you see it as a setup. I can't recall any movie but cheapest shows and low budget movies to provide such a feeling.
I am not going to even mention stupidity of some scenes. I'm not going to object splitting the book into 3 movies. Indeed I would love to have it in three movies with exciting details added in. But it's all turned into a senseless action.
As an example let's turn to a scene when the company is forced onto the trees. It's a rare moment even in the book when Gandalf uses his wizardy tricks to put magic fire onto the pine cones. Would the director use the chance? No. In the movie Gandalf uses his staff as a lighter and there is nothing magical about the scene at all.
Trolls scene totally lacked original humor too.
I'm giving "oh, no!" so you can go and see it for yourselves. A total disappointment for the most of the movie time.
Written February 19, 2013
Great for adults and kids. We saw the 3D version which was really cool.
Written December 15, 2012
The best part to this movie for me was the HFR (48 frames per second). The motion was so much smoother. It also made things much sharper in detail. This should be the new standard as a minimum frame rate. Just fantastic. Absolutely the best visual movie experience I've ever had by far. 48 FPS will draw me into a theater every time from here on forward.
As far as the movie itself, they certainly put a lot of CGI special effects effort into this one. I'd say more than any of the other Lord of the Rings movies. As usual, this movie would not be suitable for children.
Written January 01, 2013
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.