Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 3
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
I entered the theatre with some trepidation. Given the mixed review this movie have had up to then. First, there had been much moaning about the length of the whole movie with the majority of this criticism squarely placed at its opening scene. Then there was the whining about the 48 fps format which had been accused of making the movie looks "cheap", and in some instances combined with 3D had made some of the more delicate amongst us ill with motion sickness. I have not read the book so I can't comment on quality of adaptation from book to movie. First of all, to comments which said that the movie drags on: I have no idea what movie they were watching. Regarding the epilogue (drawves invading Hobbiton), how else are you going to set the scene for Bilbo's moment of realization that maybe his quiet, sedated and somewhat purposeless life does indeed need a bit of shaking up with a little unplanned adventure? Furthermore, with all the excitement which are to follow, there would be rather limited chance to show the jolly dynamic of the dwarves. They are loud, merry, obnoxious, made a lot of mess, but in the end, they made good, the plates were all intact and cleaned, and when they finally left, Bilbo gets his house back, intact. And one more thing. A friend of mine pointed out that this opening section made him want to leave Hobbiton. He was claustophobic on Bilbo's behalf, which provided another layer of empathic surge of motivation to leave Hobbiton when the next morning, in the contrasting silence from the night before of his comfortable tidy home, Bilbo finally decided to sign his "Burglar Contract". I doubt this is the intention of the movie, nevertheless, it is a good accident, and made what for some is an unnecessary stretch of prologue, essential. The additional information which some prefer to remain footnotes and outside of the Hobbit movies were far from tedious as some suggested. They were in fact very helpful to those like me who are fans of the LOTR but are new to this particular universe (have not read the books). It made some of the things I saw in LOTR clearer and the logic of the Middle Earth more complete. The whole movie did not feel slow, at all, and pacing was just nice. As for the 48 fps 3D format: it was wonderful. This is coming from one who utterly detest the HD function on TV for it made me feel like I was watching a soap opera. And I do not think much of 3D either. But this was something else. It was clear and vivid and indescribable. Someone who plays a lot of games told me it feels a lot like the game imagery. But I would not know, and did not care, because it was wonderful. In fact, the only thing which ruined it for me was the almost unbearable anticipation of the bad things that I was going to see. And not being able to see these bad things which a lot of reviews have pointed out was a relief and an annoyance at the same time. I wished I had not read any reviews before I went to see this. If you are reading this, I would recommend you stop, and just go and watch the movie!! It was great fun!!! PS: stop comparing this to LOTR, it is not the same story. And before you compare this with other fantasy films like Harry Potter, Narnia or Game of Thrones, please remember that Tolkien predated all those and almost all fantasy genre that we know today.
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