Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 0
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
It's been a long 9 years since the Lord of The Rings ended in spectacular fashion with The Return Of The King.
Upon learning that plans were in the works to film The Hobbit, I felt a bit apprehensive at first. After all, the LOTR film trilogy set such high standards in directing, acting and visual eye candy. I thought to myself, how does one introduce Tolkien's exquisite children's tale to wider audiences, while at the same time retaining or expanding the people, places and events Tolkien envisioned? Well, 3 minutes into the film dispelled all my concerns. The Shire was still the Shire we all new and loved. The screen version of The Hobbit: An Unexpedcted Journey I saw was the 48FPS Imax 3D version,and was blown away with the whole exeprience. From the breathtaking landscapes of middle Earth to the razor sharp high definition detail in close ups, the 3d effects were very smooth, and made other so called 3d movies look cheap and sub-standard in comparison. Kudos to Peter Jackson in taking a lead as a pioneer in utilising modern technology to bring a highly anticipated blockbuster movie into the modern age. Granted, certain parts of the movie were stretched a bit too thin, while some others I found a little to brief, but overall, the look and feel of the movie was great. Martin Freeman played Bilbo's role excellently, while Thorin Oakenshield was portrayed just as I had imagined him to be when reading the book. I should mention that contrary to some critics who were at the advance film screenings, not once did I have a problem with 48FPS, and no, no one got dizzy or threw-up during or after the performance. In my opinion, I think perhaps that some critics brought negative preconceptions about 3d and 48FPS with them, so naturally these same folks got what they expected. Luckily, the majority of film viewers highly enjoyed the film, as evident by the huge opening weekend box office success. I can't wait for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to arrive next year! Als, It will be seem like eternity till then.
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