Written December 17, 2012
I don't understand all the hate towards the HFR technology. I thought it looked amazing and was nice to see a new format. I would very much like to see more action movies filmed in this format.
Written December 18, 2012
Critical assessment: Overall, the pace of the film was agonizingly slow (even more so than The Fellowship of the Ring). Additionally, several characters' comments seemed forced in an attempt to provide cheeky nostalgic moments in reference to the LotR movies and could've done without. The acting during many of the Hobbiton-based scenes early on seemed sub-par, as well, (especially from the various dwarves), but as the movie went on, it was able to draw more attention from viewers as what little action that occurred finally picked up, and some of the cheesiness went away (though failed to die out completely). Still, the direction of the movie stayed true to the original story well enough, major characters were portrayed impressively, and the visuals met the high expectations that have become standard for a Peter Jackson film. As a fan of the book, I look forward to experiencing the final two installments after this viewing. Hopefully the 3D will be more impressive in the next films
Written December 14, 2012
I LOVED the movie, with 1 huge exception! I saw it in the High Frame-rate format, which nearly ruined what would have been the best movie-going experience of 2012 for me. With the HF, this movie looked cheap, and somewhat like watching a movie with the FF button held down at points. Aside from this fatal experiment in presentation gimmicks, the movie was BEAUTIFUL. I should also note that the 3D looked great too, though this neither makes or breaks a movie for me. Can't wait for the other two... in standard frame-rate.
Written December 20, 2012
It took a few minutes to get used to the HFR, but it was TOTALLY worth it. After watching the trailer and seeing clips of the movie after seeing it in HFR, it just wasnt the same. I liked the feeling of actually being there! We're planning another trip already!
Written January 03, 2013
My husband and I went to the Hobbit yesterday in HFR 3D. We enjoy the comfort of the theater
although the action at times seemed slow. An example is the very long fight scene with the Orcs. I did find though when the movie ended I did want to see more. So now we wait for the release of the next one. I would recommend this movie .