Written December 15, 2012
But I made two just like this in the bathroom this morning.
In short, the IMAX is awesome, the 3D is need and the HFR was interesting. I'm not sure of it was the combination of some of those, but most of the movie seemed too bright and without the regular camera filters (kind of like daytime soaps); so, it was kind of like watching a bunch of guys doing LARP with someone following them around with a video camera.
Many of the scenes are way too long and drawn out (to turn this single book into a three part movie) and the included songs are alarming -- the scoring and choreography of the musical performances gives the actors the appearance of being more suited for Broadway than the big screen.
The scare/edge factor is considerably less than LOTR and I hate what's going on the goblins speaking in a fairly normal human voice.
All in all, I was very disappointed. That being said, will I watch the rest? Yeah, because it's The Hobbit.
Written February 07, 2016
Peter Jackson has once again brought to life all those characters and dreams that I first had the first time I read the Hobbit in 5th grade. Uber-Kudos to him, his crew and the cast for bringing those characters to life in a way that brought tears to my eyes. HIs added nuances, such as the relationship of Galadriel and Gandalf, were things of dreams. And the scene of Thorin almost bowing to Bilbo brought back the images of Aragorn bowing to Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin. I cannot exalt this movie high enough. And all from the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien, who actually was one of the translators of my Bible! How can you get any better than that?! See this move and be enthralled by what is good, and right, and honorable! And then bring those same ideals to your own life. We who live today could very well learn from the simple folk of the Shire.
Written December 15, 2012
I actually enjoyed the 48fps high frame rate. The 48fps benefits 65% of the film. Scenes with moving shots, sweeping shots of landscapes and environments are truly amazing and gorgeous. The incredible detail from the 48 fps and lack of blur make certain scenes look incredible. The trolls, the orc caverns, and there was one more scene where the 48fps showcased amazing detail and feel. These definitely benefited from the 48fps. The 3D is the most realistic its ever been, and it made me feel like I was in the movie. If only the screen curved around the viewer it would fully immerse the viewer. About 5% of the film made me slightly dizzy from the HFR and camera movements. Even with 48fps, some scenes have really fast camera movements that still cause a slight blur.So, is 48fps the greatest thing? No. Does it ruin the movie by removing the cinematic blur of 24fps? No. Was the 3D planned for and done well? YES. It is definitely worth experiencing once.
Written January 06, 2013
Seeing The Hobbit in IMAX 3D at the high frame rate was AMAZING! I'm so glad I went for the full meal deal. I can't count the number of times I felt like I was "in" a scene. While I'm still puzzled and a bit pissed about Peter Jackson stretching this little novel into 3 films, what he's doing to advance film making is brilliant. Also, Martin Freeman is absolutely terrific as Bilbo. Perfect casting.
Written January 18, 2017
Do not listen to people that say this movie is no good. I really enjoyed the way the movie flowed. The pace of the story and the action was focused on keeping the audience entertained and that is the reason we go to the movies in the first place. The special effects were simply amazing in Imax 3-d. (I highly recommend watching this in Imax 3-d by the way but it will still be very good without it). This was hands down the best movie I ever watched in 3-D. All of the characters were full of humor, heroism, and charm. I appreciated the light humor, I think it was refreshing to see that type of almost childlike humor again rapped around a spectacular adventure full of orcs, monstors, elves and of course HoBBits! Go see it, and enjoy.