I finally got a chance to check out The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I decided to check it out on the IMAX 3D in HFR format. (Plus i really wanted to see the 10 minute Star Trek Into Darkness trailer exclusively for IMAX but that's another story) So here is my review on the epic of all epic journey movies that even Forrest Gump would say, "I'm tired now, think I'm gonna go home now"
When I think of anything Lord of the Rings, I remember the cartoon The Hobbit (1977) and how freaky those big feet where. Or even a Led Zeppelin song that had a reference of Middle Earth in their lyrics. (Robert Plant = Biggest Lord of the Rings Fan Ever). I had to watch the Lord of the Rings Trilogy again to refresh my memory before watching this movie so I knew who was who and what was an Orc.
I decided that I was going to pay the extra cash and watch it in IMAX 3D in HFR format which I didn't know that it was filmed like that.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jouney is the prequel to the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy which follows Bilbo Baggins who is called upon by Gandalf The Grey on a epic journey by joining forces with thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield the warrior dwarf, respected by all dwarves. Their misson to take back what is rightfully theirs their dwarf land. Their journey takes them across Middle Earth and encountering many different characters and animals. Especially the meeting of Bilbo and everyone's favorite selfish person Gollumn and his "precious" the ring. This brings the story all together with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy along with the next two other Hobbit movies coming soon to complete this epic story and will make a nice six disc blu ray box set once it's all said and done.
Over all I enjoyed the movie. It had Peter Jackson's traditional computer special effects battle royal with the bird fly over view scene. Along with Composer Howard Shore returning with his hard drum epic music. With familiar actors returning to their character roles from the first trilogy it made this movie feel complete. But there was one thing that I did not like about this movie, and it was the HFR format.
HFR (High Frame Rate) is a motion picture format where a higher frame rate than the industry standard 24 frames per second is used. So basicly it looks like your watching the movie like you where there. Kinda like me watching my Grandma's soap opera Days of Our Lives.........well....i'm not saying I watch it but.......moving on. With that format Middle Earth looked like it was filmed on the set of Teletubbies. Some scenes with the actors and special effects didn't mesh together well like watching it on the usual format film. I hope this isn't a new era where movies will be in this format in the theaters. Some movies don't need this format.
So over all, loved the film, hated the HFR format. I give this movie four out of five gofreaks.