Written March 31, 2015
This is my pick for Best Movie in 2012. As for the 48 FPS, I'm not a fan b/k it looks like a TV Movie...that being said, if they could make it 36 FPS (which is in between 24 & 48) that would be the best of both worlds, b/k the 48 FPS is really sharp in HD.
Written May 03, 2015
visually: the is no mistaking the "reality" of this work. hobbit, dwarf, org alike - all are equal in 48 HFR 3D believability. that being said the reality of it being a creation is even more apparent - it is a crystal clear visual experience, proficiently artificial, superior eye candy.
story: holds to the basic narrative line, but dilutes to a certain degree the moral fiber of tolkien's work when relating the history and aspirations of the dwarfs.
if you appreciate the work of tolkien, this is a must see. for we have all dreamed someone would bring this to "life" and although clearly 'fabricated' it is clearly enchanting nonetheless ;)
Written July 29, 2013
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Written January 26, 2015
I liked the film over all but was a bit put out about the 3 part configuration. Believe the film should have stayed truer to the original storyline too and not trying a re-write. I realize that the "Hobbit" was the more whimsical of the books but there were times that I thought the humor was forced and certain added or enhanced scenes didn't really do much for the movie. I also had the feeling I was watching scenes from an afternoon 'Soap'. There were times the scene would go from film to video tape leaving an uncomfortable transition. Over all, I am looking forward to Pt #2 and I am sure I will see Pt #3. I can't put this movie on the same self as, "The Lord of the Rings", but it was nice to see it made and to revisit an old story from a time long ago!
Written October 22, 2014
I'm not one to see a ton of 3D movies; however, I felt like the higher frame rate version really made the experience look smoother to me and didn't hurt my eyes, even after 3 hours of watching.
The story is really portrayed well and pulls from additional sources other than just The Hobbit, and they do this quite well. They also kept the action very solid and it helped the movie feel like it wasn't dragging on. It takes a little bit to get started, but once you're rolling its a very well built experience.