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 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 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 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
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.