Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 4
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
First, I would like to thank Peter Jackson for making these films. As a fan it is great to see his vision of Middle Earth. Additionally, he has been able to walk a thin line between purests and casual fans alike. In this regard I have the highest respect for him.
That being said, I got to see The Hobbit in the HFR 3D, and while their has been negative press, I have to say I really enjoyed this format. Though I can understand how not everyone would like it. The complaint of things looking sped up is inaccurate IMO, the speed in which you are seeing is actually a matter of clarity. The amount of detail you are witnessing for the first time is what is making it appear faster. We are only used to seeing the blur of people running. This movie looked great. No 3D gimmicks. No cheese. I didn't feel like I was wasting my money on the technology. Easily the best 3D film to date. As far as content is concerned, I had issues with the editing. The pacing felt off. The dwarves felt distant. Perhaps a narrative strategy, as we are following bilbo on his journey. Martin Freeman's performance is wonderful, a real treat to watch. The same can be said for Andy Serkis. The cave scene is brilliant and a great homage to the book. It would be easy to get lost in all of this. The whole journey being separated, I'm curious to see what is next. As a first movie, there seems to be a lot of setup. I hope the bonds between the dwarves can become more apparent. The darkness which is foreshadowed is a bit too repetitive. And I felt this was overdone. However, there is much more to see. The expanded views of Rivendell were breathtaking. I'll stop now. I'm excited to see the extended version. Overall I am satisfied with the first installment. 4.5/5 Rings for me. Thank you Peter. Thank you TORn, for keeping me up to date, and your great tshirts! Lastly, thank you, Tolkien. Forever in gratitude. Paulkwan
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