Originally Posted by Fastfwd
Definitely worth a rent in the least, but I wish I had been more aware beforehand and not rented on a weeknight and had to attempt squeezing the nearly 3 hour movie in after work. It left me guessing that movie execs probably think in these terms when it comes to rentals too and that’s the first time I’ve ever even thought about it from that perspective.
My impression was that you really need to be tuned into this story to probably get the most out of this; read the books, etc. I think I’ve seen a few of the LOTR movies, but I’m not tuned into it enough to probably have gotten the most out of it. I’m sure for those who are – this was pretty epic.
Regardless, it was entertaining – worth way more than the $1.50 Redbox rental price tag. This movie was featured heavily in the HDVideoPro magazine – so, I was looking forward to seeing it. I hated missing it in the theater to see the 48fps, but frankly don’t know if it was shown here in 48fps or not even as I am only now seeing that it may or may not have been.
I know they shot this in New Zealand and featured some of the breathtaking scenery, but there was so much CG it might have detracted from that in not knowing if it was real scenery or computer generated. I’m not sure if that is a valid critique really. If you can’t tell the difference then maybe there is nothing to be critical of.
Overall though – the imagery and sound was superb. Immersive, etc. Glad I finally got to see it for myself.
I haven't read any of the books but it was just several months ago that I bought and watched, several times, The Lord of the Rings, Extended Edition so I didn't feel out of the loop when I watched The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey. For me, it took more than one viewing of these movies to feel like I'm keeping up with most of the story so if you don't recall much from The Lord of the Rings movies you might not enjoy The Hobbit as much as you would if you had just watched the first movies.
As far as the CGI goes in these movies, I watched the special features that come with The Hobbit and it is explained that although many of the viewing audience will think that much of the landscape shots were CGI shots it's actually the amazing landscape of New Zealand. As a matter of fact Dawlin (I think that's his name), one of the Dwarves, said he sent some friends a photograph of him standing in one of the places they shot in and his friends all thought the photo had to be Photoshopped because of how cool the landscape looked when it wasn't touched up at all. It is really some awesome looking country and they shot scenes in different places over the two main islands that look just mind boggling. I was glad I bought this movie if for no other reason than the special features. As soon as I get a chance I'm going to watch the special features of The Lord of the Rings movies.