Originally Posted by Franin
Not as exciting as The Lord of the rings trilogy ?
Originally Posted by oink
Ok, here I go... The movie simply is lacking. The story isn't bad, but the screenplay felt, to paraphrase Bilbo in FOTR, "It felt thin; like butter, spread over too much bread."
The problem is it's hard to feel a sense of danger for the characters when everything looks and feels childish. Yes I know it's a children's book and PJ did include a great deal of fantastical, brutal battle scenes to mature things, but there's so much extra silly/pointless dialog. I would have been fine with it had it been funny and not cheesy.
I also had a problem with the horribly endless CGI. One of the reasons LOTR drew audiences into a different world was that most every character looked real. In The Hobbit the cinematography is horrible! The lighting makes most everything look cartoony... Except for Gollum/Smeagul, who looked better than ever! Seems like WETA put all their efforts into 1% of the CGI characters.
The acting is 50/50 for me. Sometimes it sounds like a lot of the actors are trying to act (including the returning cast), and other times the actors brought the characters to life.
When it comes to the HFR, there are pluses and minuses to it, and it all boils down to execution. During close ups, of which PJ was obsessed with when shooting this movie, the movement actually looks sped up and loses its fluidity. However, once the camera pans out, everything becomes life-like and the immersion is taken to a whole new level. I don't know how PJ and co. didn't see this in the test footage.
At the end of the day, I didn't hate it, but it is nowhere near the stratospheric brilliance of the LOTR films. The attention to finer details, practical effects and dramatic tension just isn't there. I will give it another go in IMAX 24fps 3D and see if this changes my view. Here's hoping.