Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 4
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was beautifully done and I am counting down the days until December 2013 for the next installment. I had difficulty rating this movie since there is no movie worth comparing it to (except, perhaps, the LotR trilogy). The make-up was flawless, as was the acting. The musical score seamlessly blended new themes with the old ones which gave an emotional and, at times, nostalgic undertone to the movie. The costumes were unique yet not overdone. The cinematography upheld the standards that were set by the LotR movies, and the 48fps only served to enhance the visuals. (Speaking of 48fps, I thought I should add my two cents: Yes, the image is different and does look "crisp", but where 3D is concerned, 48fps is much more desirable over 24fps as it does not create motion sickness during fast-paced scenes and thus is much easier to watch.)The sets were fantastic and very realistic, especially those created for Erebor. The special effects, too, were quite believable. There is no questioning the directing; Peter Jackson is in his element filming another movie about Middle Earth. The screenplay stayed true to the book and where it added to the story from other sources, it did not overwhelm the main plot. The editing was neat and created an even flow throughout the movie, despite the extensive amount of information that needed to be portrayed. Yes, I gave this movie 5 rings in all categories, and try as I might, the only flaw that I could find was that it is only the first part of a trilogy. So the waiting begins.
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