Just got back from the cinema, Fucking loved it!
It was funny, action packed and just nice to be back in Middle-Earth. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Sucks that the next two aren't out for the next two years though
I watched in normal frame rate and not 3D, still absolutely stunning to look at. Only thing I didn't like was the amount of CGI, I think having real life actors in heavy make up and using CGI for falling off cliffs etc... like the LOTR works better.
[QUOTE="Dave-The-Rave, post: 5965914]Just saw it earlier, thought it was pretty good...something was missing though. The best part was definitely the Gollum scenes. Worst Bit was probably Saruman's cameo..just felt forced.
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I haven't seen the movie obviously, so I don't know how well executed the scene was, but Saruman is supposed to be there. He's part of the The White Council.
My higher-ups at 411mania.com asked me to write a full review of the film since apparently I was the only one on staff that caught an advance screening. Feel free to check it out here. Glad to hear that people are enjoying the movie at least.
[QUOTE="Dave-The-Rave, post: 5966220]Was he? Its been years since I read The Hobbit..I only really remember the main parts of it like the beginning, meeting Gollum in the cave and the end.
EDIT: I gave it a 7..really wanted to give it an 8, but its just not quite there. About a 7.8 or 7.9.[/QUOTE]
If it's a 7.9, then isn't that closer to an 8? lol
But as for Saruman (and Galadriel), no they're not in The Hobbit, but the meeting you see does occur at that time. It's just not mentioned in The Hobbit, because Tolkien only focused on Bilbo's story.
There's a very big sub-plot that Gandalf and The White Council were working on during the time of The Hobbit, which is why Gandalf always left the group and came back. Peter Jackson decided to include that sub-plot in these movies.
It looks like the general public is enjoying this movie a lot more than the critics. It only has a 65% on RT, but it's currently #102 on IMDB's Top 250. NeoGAF is also loving this movie.
I'm also going to keep track of all the scores PSU members give this member (from this thread, the poll, and the Rate The Last Movie You've seen thread), with a 'PSU Score' in the OP (currently at an 8.5).
It was a good movie. Some aspects could have been better, and felt perhaps a bit too kiddy-kiddy. I wish the tone had been generally more serious at some parts while still maintaining some of the good humor. I also didn't enjoy some of the overuse of CGI. I realize they needed it for the trolls and such, but overall it just distracted me at some points. 3D is 100% not worth it (when has it ever been?), and the higher framerate didn't bother me at all. In fact I quite liked the additional smoothness.
I thought it was enjoyable, but had too many unneeded scenes that should have been saved for the Extended Edition. The HFR had it's strengths and weaknesses, and overall I was a bit distracted throughout.
I want to watch this again in 2D/24FPS. Then I'll give a rating.
If you're even remotely interested in filmmaking, read the great technical article below by Pulitzer-winning French-American director and photographer Vincent Laforet. It's long, but very much well worth a read, even if you don't agree with him.
Personally, while the HFR certainly had some impressive aspects, I often found myself focusing on the different nature of the film rather than the film itself. I was distracted. Perhaps I just need to get used to it though.
Anyway, I'm very interested in seeing this in 2D/24 FPS this weekend.
I've seen the film in both HFR 3D IMAX and regular 2D and I liked it in 2D much better. The 3D cgi effects like the Goblin King and Trolls looked amazing in HFR 3D, but the rest of the film was distracting and felt hyper realistic.
The storyline / film itself was excellent. It had quite a few changes from the book but they also added a lot of cool things from the Appendices. I just wish I didn't have to wait 2-3 more years to see the whole thing together.
i watched it a while back. 3D High frame rate version
i gave it a 9.
i quite like the tech it has to be said. its a bit weird at times though, not sure why... the movements seem somewhat surreal at times. for the most part it was enjoyable.
i like how peter jackson takes some liberties with the book, but always has it seated within the tolkiens lore. a solid movie, not as grand as the lord of the rings, but then again, tis only one third of a whole :snicker