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Official Hobbit Review Thread #29 - Please post all Hobbit movie reviews in here (or why not re-post yours?)

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Dec 20 2012, 2:58pm

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Official Hobbit Review Thread #29 - Please post all Hobbit movie reviews in here (or why not re-post yours?) Can't Post

FYI, we'll probably keep these going through sometime next week to give Aussies, parents with kids getting out of school, and everyone else who hasn't seen the movie yet a chance to post their reviews. If your review is back in one of the first review threads, feel free to re-post it here for reading and discussion.

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The Shire

Dec 20 2012, 3:05pm

Post #2 of 10 (496 views)
Second time! [In reply to] Can't Post

Watched it again yesterday. First time IMAX 3d 24 and hfr yesterday! I really liked hfr. It was a lot sharper and better colours. The minor was some speedy scenes (at least it seems like that)!

FYI the audience were laughing at the riddles scene and all of the goblin king jokes. Massive gollum fans! ;-)
Biggest laugh was when saruman mentioned the mushrooms (I live in holland ;-))
Even people who haven't read the book enjoyed the movie very much!

Think I'm gonna see it again; 2d 24 this time


Dec 20 2012, 8:54pm

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At all 3 of my viewings [In reply to] Can't Post

I Honestly didn't hear one person who was disappointed. Pretty much every enjoyed the hell out of the film. This has to be one of the most divisive critic/audience films ever.

"You're love of the halflings leaf has clearly slowed your mind"


Dec 20 2012, 9:10pm

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I was a little sad about the mixed reviews. Not that they change my view on what I perceive to be a terrific movie. But somehow the PJ-ME-movies had this sense of triumph around them until now and somehow the reception by critics seemed to undermine that a little bit.

But then again, Les Miserables is going through the same at the moment. It is not like these things never happen.

But when I was sitting in the cinema and people started going all "awwww", "ohhhhh" and "yes!" all the time, I knew that for most people PJ and company did the trick again.

And this is all that matters, although I am sorry for the (hopefully few) fans that waited so long and did not get what they hoped for.

This movie gave me such a welcome-back feeling that I feel bad for anyone who hoped for the same and did not feel it.

(This post was edited by Arannir on Dec 20 2012, 9:11pm)


Dec 21 2012, 1:59am

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I really need feedback here [In reply to] Can't Post

I just saw the movie for the second time, this time in HFR. It was the most horrific experience i've had. We were given 3D glasses, and it looked bad, double image, not focus, it was horrible, and it did not get any better during the almost 3 hrs.

My question is, did we simply get a bad projection of the film? All HFR reviews i'm reading are saying it was the most clear and smooth view they could see. To me it was painful. I saw double the entire darn movie. It was as if i was watching a 3D film without glasses when i was having my glasses on. My friend hated it as well.

Grey Havens

Dec 21 2012, 5:29am

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Review/Discussion of reviews, in Huffingtom Post Blog [In reply to] Can't Post

I found this interesting so I thought I would share it here. The author lists a chronology of Tolkien's Middle Earth to address the criticism that Jackson is padding the film with material that "doesn't belong" and is added merely to link it to LotR.



Dec 21 2012, 9:46am

Post #7 of 10 (290 views)
Really helpful for a Tolkien layman [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for that link.

As an enthusiast but not much of a student of expert of Tolkien, I found that a very interesting read. I hope other people can find it buried down in the depths here.

Maybe you could create a thread - 'A case for PJ's Hobbit with potted history' Laugh

(This post was edited by mefansmum on Dec 21 2012, 9:48am)


Dec 21 2012, 10:00am

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Bad presentation by the sound of it [In reply to] Can't Post

I've seen the Hobbit twice in 3D HFR at two different cinemas. The first was at Birmingham Broadway Plaza isense, which was only installed at the end of October; the image was pristine. My second viewing was at my local Milton Keynes Cineworld, which has older screens; the image here was almost as good, but I did feel that the image was ever so slightly less distinct. I suspect this was down to the quality of the screen than anything else (very important for 3D as it must maintain polarisation of the reflected light). It didn't alter my enjoyment of the film, however.

The only other 3D film I've seen at the cinema was Tron Legacy, and this was at cineworld. I have to say that was appalling, double-image as you describe and quite horrible to watch. It didn't seem to make much difference whether the glasses were on or not. It was definitely not a problem with the glasses, as I took them along to check when I saw the Hobbit. I strongly suspect that the polarisers had not been put in front of the projector to separate the left/right images.

Now I know what a 3D presentation should look like, if I ever see something like Tron Legacy again I'll be stomping out of the theatre and getting someone to sort it or demanding a refund.

I hope this helps. Please don't give up on the HFR; it is worth pursuing and I would recommend you speak to someone at the cinema about this.


Dec 21 2012, 1:28pm

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That's interesting [In reply to] Can't Post

Seeing Tron Legacy and Avatar on 3D was the greatest visual experience in my cinema life. So i do believe you're right, and it was just a bad presentation. It was a old theater with a very small screen. Small screen compared to the ones now.

Thanks so much for your feedback, and no im not giving up. I'm watching it again today in another theater, which is newer and it's imax. This theater is lot more popular so i do believe i'll have a better experience. I hope.

Registered User

Dec 22 2012, 6:28am

Post #10 of 10 (239 views)
My wife usually gets a little blah, but was just fine [In reply to] Can't Post

Just saw it last night Imax HFR 48 3D etc etc and it was flawless, im sorry for your bad experience, make sure to see it again safely in regular maybe? it's still as magical, this movie, best I've seen. I love movies that I don't know the actors (most of) and wow.


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