December 15, 2012
The Hobbit - AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13
Mike: We got to see this a few days early at a Warner Bros media screening. I was worried it might not be screened in the much-ballyhooed 48 frames per second frame rate, but someone eventually confirmed that it was. The first twenty minutes or so were very weird. I've heard people use 70s BBC and uncalibrated HDTV to describe the look and feel, and that's about right. But at the same time, it looks absolutely beautiful. The 3D images were dazzling. I was simultaneously impressed and frustrated, not knowing if I could take this for another 2 1/2 hours. But to my surprise, I got used to it very quickly. It didn't bother me, with some exceptions here and there.
It made Erica a bit nauseous and she left after about a half hour, but that's mostly because she'd never seen a Lord of the Rings movie before and had zero interest. She just wanted to get me into the screening and check out the HFR.
I love Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and while The Hobbit doesn't really live up to that, it's a good film and a lot of fun. But I couldn't help like feeling like I was watching something stretched out, not much unlike American Idol or some other reality show where fifteen minutes of actual content are stretched to fit a two hour time slot. It held my attention, but I wonder how it will go over with casual filmgoers.
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