Written December 26, 2014
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.
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
Written March 27, 2015
What a way to:
A. Make use of 3D!
B. Welcome the world into a new era of filmmaking!
The film is quite slow for the first forty-five minutes, but is fantastic therein. I can't recommend "The Hobbit" enough, both for its technology and its storytelling!
Written November 29, 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
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.