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 May 28, 2016
Even though The Hobbit was my least of all favorite books including the Lord of the Rings, I still loved it. The movie held it's place where it belonged... still not quite as good as LotR, but still amazing!
Written July 28, 2016
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 July 02, 2015
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 August 25, 2016
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.