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The Hobbit: Some Unexpected Reactions

After a decade of waiting…yes, I’m one of those…I got to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last night. I’ll try and refrain from spoilers, (and I think I succeeded) but I do want to record some of my impressions while they are fresh.

HFR 3D:

Let’s start with the controversial bit. I went into the theater so excited to experience the HFR 3D. From the reviews I’ve read the prevalent attitude is that you either love or hate the format. That wasn’t the case for me. There were moments, when I truly believed the hype that this will be the future of cinema. The sweeping panoramic shots were magnificent. Small details were so very clear. And my biggest issue with 3D was eliminated completely. At no point during the nearly three hour film did I have to rest my eyes because of eye strain.

However, I can now relate to the critics who said they never adjusted to the new format. The immersive experience that I so enjoy when going to the movie theater was missing because I was fully aware through the entire film that I was watching a film. This was especially apparent to me after having watched the LOTRs trilogy last weekend at the same theater. There were moments that the screen was too bright–which if I understand correctly is a byproduct of filming in 3D. And movements on screen, that would normally be tempered by the slower frame rate, were extra clear and in your face, which distracted me, keeping me firmly in the real world. This seemed to be particularly noticeable with Bilbo.

Even with my reservations, I’m not ready to write HFR 3D off. This being the first feature film ever made with the new format, it would be crazy to expect perfection. So, this time it didn’t quite do it for me, but I could see glimmers of how spectacular the experience can be. There are more details that need to be taken into consideration with the added frames and I feel certain that film makers who use the format will continue to work out the kinks.

Content:

When I read the criticism about pacing, I wanted to reserve judgement until I had seen the film for myself. Now, I can agree with some of the complaints. The inclusion of Frodo, while understandable just dragged on for me. I think it was only a few minutes, but all I could think was, “Come on, let’s get to the story!” Likewise, the introduction of the various dwarves could have been more condensed than it was. I suspect that the dwarf arrivals were drawn out to give us time to get to know each of the dwarves, however, it felt like an excuse to fill time. (Yeah, harsh I know.)

Once the company hit the road, the pacing issues disappeared. In fact, the film was so jam packed–Trolls, Elves, Goblins, Riddles in the Dark, Orcs and Eagles–I would have felt cheated if anything passed the Bag End scenes had been shortened.

I loved seeing Sir Ian McKellan back as Gandalf. It really would have been a travesty for anyone else to play the role. Martin Freeman was a perfect Bilbo. He manages to balance the dramatic and comedic to perfection, as well as the inner conflict between the comfort loving Baggins and the adventure seeking Took. Richard Armitage truly was magificent as Thorin, his ablility to convey anger, vengance, fear, pride, and even gratitude were unhampered by the prosthetics. Plus, it was nice to see him wielding a sword again…this time with the adept skill of a hardened warrior!

I had intentionally avoided spoilers that gave away the ending to the film, as I wanted to be surprised by where Peter Jackson and company chose to split the story. So I won’t spoil that for any of you who haven’t seen the film yet, But I have to say, it felt like an appropriate ending, and left me with a great sense of anticipation for the next film. Do we really have to wait another year?

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On a side note for those who haven’t seen the film–if you are ever even slightly inclined to squee in public you must prepare yourselves. The below image is just a blip of a totally engrossing scene.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Video: Richard Armitage on the Red Carpet…

…at the Japanese Hobbit premiere.

I wasn’t willing to stay up until three in the morning to watch the premiere, no matter how much I like Richard Armitage. So, I left my laptop on, the website up and my capture program running. Such a lovely thing to wake up to!  As long as the red carpet was, I decided to get all the clips of Richard on the red carpet–the interview, all of the interaction with the crowd and posing with the other cast members on the carpet and compile them.

 

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Warner Bros is such a tease…

…but I love it! It seems that with each new trailer we get new blink-and-you-missed-it clips. If I weren’t so incredibly interested in this movie *cough* and a certain actor, I’d probably not even note the new bits. As it is, each new clip make me smile ridiculously and long for December 14th even more than I thought possible.

We’ve seen Thorin and the dwarves run out to attack the trolls, but have we seen Thorin actually making contact with the troll before?

How cool is this going to look on the big screen and in 3D?

 

Only a month left to wait. Only a month left to wait. Only a month left to wait…I can’t be the only one repeating this like a mantra, can I?

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Just what I needed…another Hobbit TV spot!

It has been a crazy week of ups and downs. Got my Hobbit tickets on Wednesday as well as tickets for the LOTRs marathon! But yesterday, the joys of Hobbit fever were overshadowed by the burglary of my next door neighbors’ home. Needless to say, the day was quite surreal and stressful. I’m just immensely grateful that no one was home at the time of the break-in.

Luckily I have friends who know just how to cheer me up–photos from the OMG (thanks Zan!) and ridiculous gifs of Chris Hemsworth (still laughing, Snickers’ Mom!).

Then this morning there was another TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThere are some new snippets with Thorin (at least I think they are new).

 

Sometimes I think the universe just knows when I need a pick-me-up. This certainly helped.

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Hurray: 48 FPS

If you read my post yesterday, then you know I was really frustrated after a completely unsatisfactory conversation with a movie theater service rep. Well, I just got home from running some errands and found this in my email:

Jas,

Thank you for choosing Monaco Pictures as your premiere entertainment
destination. We are in the process of upgrading our projectors to be
able to play higher frame rates and this will be complete before the
release of the Hobbit in December.

Thank you,

Marsau Scott
General Manager
Monaco Pictures

Woo Hoo! See, some theaters can give definitive answers and it doesn’t hurt that it was the one I was hoping for!!!

If you find out your theater will be showing the higher frame rate, let them know here. They are updating the list with info provided to them.

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Have Your Picture Taken with Gandalf

I know this is totally dorky, but I love the cardboard displays at movie theaters–or on occasion the plastic displays. When they are really cool, I’ve even been known to have my picture taken next to them. Yeah, did I mention I’m dorky? 😉 The ones I tend to like the most are the 3D displays.

Somewhere around here I have a picture of me sitting in that empty seat.

This is one of my favorite displays and it doesn’t hurt that the Silver Surfer is a great character.

And now I can look forward to standing in the doorway of a hobbit hole, next to Gandalf.

 

If only this life size cutout could be part of the display:

So honestly–how many of you are going to have your picture taken with the display when you go see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theaters? I can’t be the only one. 🙂

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Four More Hobbit Banners

MGM and New Line Cinemas have released four more banners for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I’ll give you one guess as to which is my favorite. 😉

All the banners are great. I love seeing the dwarves in Bilbo’s Hobbit hole, Gollum and Bilbo, and even Gandalf at Bilbo’s door. But, I love seeing how fierce Thorin looks. Richard Armitage really seems to be bringing the intensity to the role of Thorin if the images we’ve seen so far are any indication. Is it December yet?

I’m headed out for my niece’s second birthday this weekend. Hope everyone has a great Columbus Day.

*Thanks to ComingSoon.net for the images.
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