Date Posted: 2014-07-22
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
While I am a huge fan of the original trilogy, I found the latest installment of the Hobbit to be lacking in some areas. For me one of the things that made the original trilogy so iconic was the music. Shuffling through the soundtrack, you find yourself instantly transported to a very specific time and place in middle earth. Not so with the new films. With the exception of some themes from the shire and Rivendell, I feel very little connection with the new themes Howard Shore has written for these films. The music aside, these films are the collective work of some of the best people in the business at what they do. Whether it is the set design, the costumes, or the VFX work by Weta Digital, the look of these films is stunning. While the original films were limited by the technology of their time, in my opinion these tricks made the films appear much more realistic than the current VFX heavy hobbit movies. While I know that many of these tricks simply do not work with the 3D technology, I don't like seeing where these movies are going with the complete digital scenes, and sequences where the only part of the actors is performance capture. By putting less emphasis on the VFX of a scene, I think it allows the fantastic acting in these films to stand out and not get lost behind effects shots. Although the effects of the movie are extremely complex and very well put together, there were several scenes that seemed incomplete are stuck out as a sort of sore thumb. One in particular was the horse running on the bridge leaving Laketown. Everything else aside the six films that will eventually comprise middle earth, will stand for a very long time as an example of bringing to life one mans vision of a world previously unknown.
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