Friday, December 14, 2012

Opening Today: The Hobbit (trailer)



Finally! The long-awaited first film of The Hobbit trilogy opens everywhere today. For die hard JRR Tolkein fans that means being in line as I write this at about 11pm, for the midnight - 12:01am to be precise - show. You pre-ordered your tickets, I assume. Hopefully you're near a theater where you can choose between 2D and 3D.  The big question is whether to see it at the new 48 fps vs the standard 24 fps format, if you are lucky enough to have the choice. Theaters with the technology to handle the 48fps are very much in the minority. In any case the 48fps format has its fans as well as its detractors. It will be interesting to see how it pans out. MLH saw The Hobbit a week ago and enjoyed it. It didn't - it couldn't - live up to the LOTR movies but MLH thinks it will satisfy fans of the book. He saw it in the standard format.
I'm not sure I'll make it to the theater this weekend ... let me know what you think if you see it.

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  1. This is one that a dear ex co-worker friend and I have been waiting for. We have a date to go and see this preciousssss moviessssss!
    I watched a little critical news piece about the 48fps clarity -- as you say, it is getting mixed reviews. James Cameron is planning on possibly shooting the Avatar sequel at 60 fps but is awaiting the fallout from The Hobbit before he finally decides! Some people are saying that the problem with 48 fps is that it is far more clear than our eyes actually see things, in normal life, and hence, looks fake.
    I can't wait to find out for myself, though!

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    1. I hope you both enjoy it! You explained the fault with the 48fps really well - the technology is mind boggling isn't it? And if the human eye isn't quite capable of absorbing it all at 48fps, maybe some inventive spirit will come up with something we might call "Movie Eyes" , exclusive contact lenses created to maximize your movie going experience. Just pop 'em in, sit back and enjoy the show.

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  2. I attended a preview two days ago. It was in 3D and I think just normal, 24 fps. Although I'd have liked to see it in the new format, just to see what the difference is. As for the film, I think it's a nice, pleasant adaptation. LOTR's are too dark for me, and I think Martin Freeman nails it as Bilbo Baggins here in The Hobbit. I don't mind seeing it again in 48 fps. Really curious. Also, I'm afraid Les Miz aren't getting too many nods for awards. Metacritics gives it 56%... Slant gives it 1/4 stars. How can that be?!

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    1. I think when the people see Les Miserables they will love it despite the critic's scoring one way or the other. I have noted that there are things to criticize about the film, but that the positives so dwarf the negatives, why bother? I understand that there are critics who feel it's their job to highlight those negatives, to educate their readers, to analyze critically where the film fell short. Fine, that's all well and good but what the critics don't fully appreciate is the incredibly strong connection Les Miz fans have to the source material. And that this incarnation will deliver millions of new Les Miz fans the world over. It's not just another movie. The story and the music are both so powerful, they reach us emotionally at such a gut level that the critics maybe just don't understand. Their role is to react to the film intellectually, critically. Audiences tend to be more emotional in their responses, and on that basis, will be swept off their feet by this one.
      Most of us go to a film to be entertained, rather than find fault. That's the difference. I fervently hope when you see Les Miserables you find it as gratifying as I did. I think this is a film to be celebrated as an acheivment and am astonished by the response.

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  3. My 16-year-old and his friends saw it the other night. They enjoyed it and one of the guys raved about the 3D and the higher rate of frames per minute. Tucker was too tired to talk about it since he didn't get home til 3:30 a.m. from the midnight movie.

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  4. I'm reading the book for the first time, now, in preparation for seeing the movie. I've seen the LOTR movies, but only once, so I'm not a fan, but still interested to see it. I'll be seeing it in Middle Earth over the holidays....

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