Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
First off, I don't understand the dislikes of the 48 fps technology. After 5 minutes of the film playing, I hardly noticed. I think there were 3 scenes that it popped back out and I was conscious of it. Even then, it quickly recedes back into the wood work of the movie. 48 frames per second will be the new standard in the near future. This movie proves it!
One of the aspects I appreciated most from the film was the amount of Tolkien Lore that was woven in. From dialogue to the coming of the dragon. This was amazing to a fan like myself! At one point, Radagast mentions Ungoliant. It was a fleeting moment but I caught it! This is Silmarillion stuff that they managed to touch in The Hobbit. I love it! To any fan of the Tolkien world, this film hardly "drags" as some have said. The Unexpected Party scene is a great representation of what occurs in the book. There is a good chunk of character development going on here. Unfortunately, some of the dwarves get passed over. Bifur, Bomber, and Nori spring to mind. They don't have many lines and are sort of back-drop characters. I hope this changes in the next films! That said, I do understand that there are THIRTEEN dwarves. Getting them all to shine in the script has to be difficult. The acting is fantastic. I can't think of anyone that would be better cast than who they have. Martin Freeman IS Bilbo. The rest of the main cast have also owned their roles entirely. If I had to make one negative point, it would be that to see 48 fps, I need to see 3D. I have never been a big 3D fan. Peter Jackson however has made it as painless as possible. 3D is not a crutch for the film, only a means to immersion. That and I have to wait a WHOLE YEAR to see the next film! I want to marathon them already! The Hobbit, GO SEE IT!
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