Written August 28, 2016
HFR takes a bit of getting used to, but this movie is a great adult adaption of what is in essence a children's book. Go for it!
Written July 26, 2016
Well filmed and paced.....lighter content that LOTR's which makes sense if you read the books. Got to love the Dragon. One of many bad guys haunting the group. Great to have two more movies to look forward too!
Written December 16, 2012
There are those who say that if you enjoy movies like this, then you can't appreciate art. Well, I've seen your so-called modern art masterpieces, and they look like something I wiped off my rear last time I was in the john. This film encompasses an epic story with high visual appeal, and the vast majority of those who go to see it know what they're in for anyway. I know the story, and I can see where the producers and director veer from it, and I don't care. Amazingly well executed. The high frame rate is a little odd at first, but you get used to it and it works. Recommended by me, who is not a film critic, and I have seen some of the best movies ever made. But don't take my word for it, make up your own mind.
Written August 25, 2016
Despite it has some good moments, I think this story is not worth to make 3 movies for it, the whole story should have been ended with this movie; this fact makes this one to have some unnecessary scenes. Also, the HFR sometimes made the close ups so detailed that the magic is somehow lost, the makeup is very evident. Finally, the story is not as catching as I would have imagined.
Written October 09, 2015
So, I'll get this out of the way. I like 3D, and I like IMAX3D. Provided the films are actually shot stereoscopically. What I did not like was the look of 48fps IMAX 3D in the Hobbit. It looks as you might expect: like video with motion smoothing turned on. In the case of The Hobbit, it causes sets and props to appear as... well, sets and props. The CGI holds up quite well, though. It also appears that the lighting is sort of flat in this film, and Jackson chooses to shoot deep focus, and these two choices also contribute to the "video-look" of the film. It's distracting.
Perhaps the 24fps version is better? But the story itself is somewhat confused. By attempting to make the Hobbit a full fledged prequel to the LotR trilogy, the story has been expanded and the scope widened, leaving a viewer at times wondering why they're getting information that seems irrelevant to Bilbo's journey. That said, it's still a better "episode 1" than others I've seen. It's a'ight.