interested in this for sure, but will likely stick with theatre version if there is an EE.
like a lot of people, I thoought it would have been better to have peter jackson produce and guillermo del toro direct. Pans Labryinth is one of my favorite movies. Even in the beginning of the movie, I see a lot of designs that kinda of remind me od something GDT would have envisioned. Still, have PJ direct was the next best thing.
I didnt mind when I heard that The Hobbit was going to be 2 movies. I thought it was better than having 1 giant 3.5 - 4 hour movie
And although the book is much thinner than any of the LOTR books, there are several sequences in the book that are a couple pages but I can imagine taking a little longer to translate on screen.
I actually remember enjoying the Hobbit more as a kid than I did LOTR because its not as long. But having read it again for the first time in..damn almost 25 years, it was fun but I could also see that some of the storytelling wasnt as strong. Really, the first half of the book are just chapters of the dwarves getting into trouble...and then Gandalf bailing them out. So I could understand PJ changing some stuff.
I didnt know what to expect with the 48FPS. I am not a big fan of 3D but PJ insisted that 48 FPS would make 3d viewing easier. And I saw this great video of douglas trumball using 48fps for all kinds of neat tricks (need to look for it again)
When I heard that Unexpected Journey was going to be 3 hours AND they decided late in the game to add YET ANOTHER 3rd movie, I got concerned and became baffled. Its kind of funny - lucas is addicted to cgi, kubrick was addicted to multiple takes, tarantino is hooked on violence and the F word. Jackson? he's addicted...to just lots of footage
!! its pretty funny...is any other filmmaker like this!?
Anyway, I saw it twice - once in 2D and once in 48 FPS 3D.
2D: Overall I really enjoyed it! It had the enchanting charm that makes it different than LOTR. The cast is great, and it was even cool to see Cate blanchett as Lady Galadriel again! I really liked that scene of Glandalf explaining to her why he admires Bilbo. Sure, its not in the book, but was a great addition. And I kind of like how the storyline of the Necromancer played out - the idea of a hidden evil thats a harbinger of things to come. The riddles scene with Gollum will be a classic. Half way through the movie I began to laugh, thinking to myself "my god, this crazy bastard is gonna actually pull it off!! he actually found a way to make 3 three hour movies out of this story and still make it awesome!!!"....then it started to get long...and then the battle at goblin town became drawn out, and then the battle on the cliff went too long. so yeah, theres some opportunities for cutting. And although it was nice to see frodo again, that should also have been cut out (to be fair, that was still too early in movie to cause pacing problems). I also think the main villain isnt so great. but overall, it was a lot of fun and cant wait for DOS.
48 FPS 3D: oh jeez...this badly
misfired for me
PJ is right, 48 fps does make 3D easier on the eyes...but it sucks for everything else!!
its weird because as the movie went along I saw a different problem: 1)the way it sped everything up and made things herky-jerky 2)by the time I got used to that, the outdoor scenes looked terrible, especially in the forest with Radagast - some peope have called it the ViewMaster effect and I think its a good description 3)Many scenes inside a cave just looked fake 4)The battle with the Goblins for some weird reason just felt lame and didnt seem as epic as in regular 2D The movie also seemed longer in 3D and some of the mediocre effects - like Radagasts rabbits - looked god awful.
So overall, i still think its off to a great start. Its not going to be a trilogy for the ages like LOTR. But it can be a worthy companion piece, which is how I see it anyways. I think it makes some smart discreet ties to LOTR but still keeps its own identity. But i get why people feel the length is excessive and are jittery that it could become a serious liability for the next 2 movies. And I hope they have plenty of 2D showings; I guess I'll just only watch the next avatar in 3D and thats it.