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goldeneyez 12/17/2012 5:54:12 AM

 I thought the Bilbo attacking the Orc was uncharacteristic, but I felt like Jackson was trying to tie in the courage that the other hobbits displayed in LOTR, so I would deal with it.  Honestly, it felt a bit too long like I was watching the extended edition.  I think a lot of stuff could have been trimmed to make the move a bit more streamlined.  Maybe it's all set up for the next two movies.  I felt like Fellowship of the Ring was setup, but it didn't drag like An Unexpected Journey did in places to me.

CyanideRush 12/17/2012 6:17:40 AM

@Dazzler, Rob gave The Hobbit a "B" rating. I'd hardly qualify that as not liking the film.

lobbygow723 12/17/2012 6:35:51 AM

As excited as i was, i felt a little let down.  Saw it in reg. 3D and it didnt do it for me.  I am generally pretty luke warm about it but will see it again in 2D.  I just felt like there was too much going on in some parts and the 3D created more of a distractoin.  Very slim chance that i see it in HFR. 

Possible Spoiler.......From the book, i remember the "party" going on a simple trek and encountering bad guys.  The movie makes it seem like everybody is after them from the start...  The foreboding that Peter is trying to insert into this "simple" quest, feels a little forced.  Yes, things were going on in the background, that later (50 years later) would make sense, but they are too much in the foreground for me.  This quest was more of a stand alone event that, looking back, Gandalf, the elves, and others put two and two together.  Jackson seems to be serving it up very early and the party hasnt even reached the Lonely Mountain.  These type of scenes would have been better served as "flashbacks" closer to the end or at least, along the way, not front loaded...

monkeyfoot 12/17/2012 6:53:22 AM

Well, I went to the theater to see it...

My friend and I went to a Saturday afternoon show of the HFR 3D. While the usual commercials and short features ran the theater became hafl filled with an all adult crowd. Then the room went dark and a strip of frozen 3D image sat on the screen for a few minutes. It flickered off and on but nothing happened. Finally, the manager came in and said something was wrong but they were working on it. 15 minutes later they finally came back and said their IT guys couldn't figure out the problem. It ran perfectly for the showing before and on Friday. They refunded our money and gave us free tickets for any show at the theater.

I'll try to see it next weekend.

redhairs99 12/17/2012 7:29:45 AM

The picture clarity of the 48 fps was quite amazing and however as many have said it looked like a video game or like an 80s BBC Soap Opera.  

Then I saw the film on Imax in 3D 24fps.  I was totally sucked in and enjoyed every last minute of it unlike when I saw the 48fps version.  Maybe I was being overly critical and thus distracted by the 48 fps, but it kept me from enoying it the first go around.

As for the film itself, yes, PJ added them being hunted by Orcs and Azog and changed some things here and there, but I think it did nothing but add to the film.  The orcs and Azog added some depth to Thorin which wasn't there previously.  It also gave us some more background on the animosity that exists between dwarves and elves, which also gives weight to the tension between Gimli and Legolos in LOTR.

Sure, Bilbo's character evolved a little more quickly in this film, but I think that was more to get his character established in the first film.  Had they played all 3 parts in one movie, I think we would've seen him change a lot slower.  

Wiseguy 12/17/2012 7:32:26 AM

Well I loved the HFR format. I don't care if it loosk different, it looks more real, more clear, sharper and any other synonym you care to throw in here. From now on it's my format of choice whenever and if available

As far as the changes to the story I said it yesterday that I didn't mind at all.  He made changes in LOTR also. I especially like giving AZOG a bigger role.

Saw it 2 times in HFR and will probably see it at least 2 more.

Possibly my favorite movie of the year, it's hard to tell because it's so fresh in my mind but it's right there with Avengers and ahead of John Carter

Wiseguy 12/17/2012 7:38:02 AM

I will make time for Jack Reacher Friday right after I check out ZeroDarkThirty.

Next week Django takes precedence, also want to check Cirque Du Soleil and maybe Les Miserables.

So there's plenty to keep us occupied during X-Mas week

ElBaz13 12/17/2012 8:14:35 AM

Dark Knight Rises isn't part of your top 5 Wiseguy?

:)

Wiseguy 12/17/2012 8:41:23 AM

Only if you're counting from the bottom up ElBaz

I think I'd throw in Prometheus and Looper to round out my top 5. But that's just off my head, may be different if I sit and think about it

Happy to see Life of Pi making some real money, almost 200mil ww. Really dug the film and it's so beautifully shot
Lucky that Killing Them Softly had a small budget. I thought it was damn good but obviously there wasn't enough blowing shit up for some. Brad Pitt is excellent
Rise of the Guardians was so-so. Guess I agree with viti, about a C. But it did have its moments
Red Dawn was so-so also. Did they have plans for a sequel here? Did the original end like this too?
 

violator14 12/17/2012 9:07:04 AM

  I finally saw it! Im usually a fan of Rob Vaux's work, but I have to agree that he must have been smoking some BAD shit on this one. I was blown away!!! I am in love with the Dwarves. I seriously could not stop laughing during the first half of the movie when they all start barging in and taking over Bilbo's place.

OMG the flashback scenes with the Dwarves vs the Orcs was AMAZING! I wish i had a pause button so many times to appreciate what was going on. Even the littlest flashback scenes such as how the old Dwarf kingdom ran, and showing them mining had so much production value into it.

The Orcs and Goblins were done crazily as well. I never thought id find myself being able to like Dwarves more than I do the Elves, but this movie had me have such a change of heart. I dont have the words to express how amazing the Dwarves were again in this movie. It's like i was watching a real life World of Warcraft movie at times during the action scenes. Peter Jackson is a god

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