Written September 01, 2015
I really enjoyed watching this! And the HFR made it look like I was watching it on a HUGE 3D HDTV! Hope more movies are made like this
Written April 02, 2015
I was so incredibly pleased with The Hobbit!! I was completely entranced and delighted the entire movie, I couldn't stop smiling my head off 'cause I was so happy! It was awesome! Seriously, after seeing this, I'm still giddy the next morning with delight at how good it was!
Also, I really liked the 48FPS! Everything was SO smooth, even the fast shots! And the 3D was used to make it look incredible without a bunch of useless 3D stuff thrown in simply for effect. And IMAX is awesome. And most of all, this movie was just absolutely incredible!
Written May 27, 2016
As expected, Peter Jackson creates a masterpiece. There really aren't any surprises here. The Hobbit is rendered with intricate detail and pushes the boundaries of CGI. I'm ready for the next two movies!
Regarding High Film Rate:
Despite the mumblings of its shortcomings, I decided to give it a go. It definitely ups the realism factor a LOT! Unfortunately, things look so real that the characters appear as actors on set in a play. The difference is similar to watching a show like CSI versus a soap opera. What's worse, everything that is artificial looks artificial. Falling rain? looks fake. Man made stone steps? They look fake. Backdrops created by a blue/green screen? Not only do they look fake, the characters stand out against them. Lighting will be the biggest hurdle for HFR. Artificial lighting is highly noticeable and doesn't blend in at all. Even the lightening during the thunderstorm appears fake. On the plus side, HFR is kind to CGI elements in the foreground. Pass on HFR.
Written April 29, 2016
Movie had great architectural scenes of the fairies home and other places. However, the story is very long and drawn out and end abruptly so you know there is a sequel.
Written July 24, 2016
An exciting and sometimes ambitious return to Middle Earth at the more-than-capable helm of Peter Jackson. As with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the story stays faithful to the source material with few exceptions, most of which allow for better cinematic portrayals of certain scenes. Also with the LotR trilogy, extra material is taken (mainly from the Appendices of the LotR books) to further flesh out a side plot that is only briefly mentioned and alluded to in the Hobbit novel.
All on all, a fun time was had.