Written March 24, 2017
Bilbo and Gollum scene was the best part. Visually the HFR took me about 20 mins to get used to. At first everyone looked like they were moving to fast. But by the time they got to the goblins I felt fully immersed in it and just enjoyed the crisp visuals. The cgi may not be ready for 48fps yet as it looked more like a video game at times. But I wouldn't want to see this movie any other way.
Written June 28, 2016
Characters are cartoonish and not in a good way, especially the king of underground creatures.. Laws of physics sometimes work and sometimes not. Dwarves sometimes have supernatural strength but they can't win against enemies. And constant comic relief, my god... There is nothing adult, dramatic or dark in this movie. And it ends with damn eagles saving the day as always. Well, take the damn eagles to the your final destination, why don't you and skip the whole movie? I can't believe that I had such high expectations and spend extra money and time to watch it in IMAX / HFR / 3D. Hobit is not for the fans of LOTR and no amount of high tech can change that.
Written May 25, 2016
Loved seeing this in 48 frames per second 3D IMAX. It looks very pretty, the epic battles are crystal clear, and the vast expanses of landscapes are a sight to behold. As far as the story, I really enjoyed it. Lighter than LOTR, it was still a great journey (so far). And Gollum? Looks better and as a result has his best performance ever. Worth every penny.
Written December 15, 2012
Breathtaking. Epic. Wanting the saga to continue immediately when the credits rolled. A must watch in IMAX 3D for multiple reasons. Sprawling landscapes, multidimensional battles/chases, scale and depth of friends and foes. The characters have a more human essence than the LOTR epic caricature-esque acting. It felt less deliberately epic, but no less epic in effect. MArtin Freeman was a natural for Bilbo. Great casting choice. Gollum's 'pre-prise' was very well done and exceeding LOTR performance. This prequel is a quest of Dwarves and battle with orcs, goblins and trolls. Oh and there's Smaug, an immensely powerful dragon that we get impressive glimpses of and hints of what's to come in the second installment of the trilogy. That covers a small portion of it. You have got to see this on the big screen. Like Avatar, this sets a new benchmark of 3D excellence as well.
Written December 17, 2012
This was a good 1 hour and 45 minute film buried under an extra 1 hour and 15 minutes of film. Some of the scenes are really drawn out and you really start wishing they would move along with the story. We saw it in IMAX 3D with HFR. The IMAX made it kind of fun and the 3D was pretty good. I really liked that panning and action scenes looked very smooth with the HFR. The movie had a very odd brightness though and my wife and I could not decide if that was because of the HFR or if it was the lighting. It felt like you were watching a stage play sometimes and like you were watching a documentary at other times. When things were out of focus it was very noticeable also and that was distracting. I will go see another HFR movie but if these issues were related to the HFR then I think Hollywood is going to have to work on making it more attractive and less distracting.