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 March 28, 2015
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 27, 2012
It was a visually beautiful movie and the cast seemed well-suited for their roles.
I was expecting more from the music and it was pretty long, but there were some funny moments.
Written December 17, 2012
Contrary to what some critics have said, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was well-paced, with a good dramatic structure, decent builds to pivotal points, and solid character development that speaks well of the actors as well as the director.
The story isn't exactly true to the book in all things, but of course we should have all known that going in. After all, when a book shorter than any single volume of the Lord of the RIngs trilogy becomes a movie trilogy in its own right, things are going to have to change. Still, Peter Jackson went back to Tolkein's writings to expand the story instead of adding extraneous car chases and explosions, so it's all good. And Sylvester McCoy's Radagast the Brown is a welcome addition.
I saw it in the high frame rate, IMAX 3D version, and I really couldn't see anything that would make me think the high frame rate was any better than the IMAX version. I'll be seeing the "no frills" version later in the week, so I'll know more then.