Looking at Speculative Fiction from Another Dimension.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Review

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Bilbo and Dwarves

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Bilbo and Dwarves

Well I’d imagine that I’m not the only one that saw “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” According to the Wall Street Journal, it “earned $84.8 million in North America in its first weekend in theaters.” The next closest film, Rise of the Guardians, only $7.4 million (isn’t it funny to say only 7.4 million like that’s pocket change or something). This doesn’t surprise me because when I was looking for showtimes, The Hobbit was showing in IMAX 3d, High Frame Rage 3D, regular 3D, 2D and VHS (ok…made up that last one). This was a tough choice for me… Why? Because last year I saw this video:

Click to read more about my unexpected journey to see the film.

As discussed in the video, being that they shot it at 48 frames per second, and on the REDs, it was tough to decide whether to see it in IMAX 3d which would be huge and awesome OR 3D on a smaller screen with the high frame rate (HFR). Ultimately I chose the IMAX 3D because when I saw Avatar this way, it was incredible. So I thought I’d be smart and get the tickets online, but this whole “convenience fee” thing annoys the crap out of me. Is it really that convenient to print stuff off myself? Seeing as I don’t have a printer then NO it isn’t. Especially not to pay $4 to hunt down a printer. Then I tried to get them on the phone. Easier, not really but cheaper and you just pick them up at the little automated things near the theater. The unexpected part was getting to Concord Mills mall and taking about over an hour to go about 3 or 4 miles. I didn’t see that coming. We finally made it there and got in line near the front. Luckily there wasn’t much of a line for the 4pm matinee show (not 30 minutes before showtime anyway).

There were some awesome trailers before the film including a cool one for Man of Steal which will come out next year as well as a long trailer for the new Star Trek film. Speaking of trailers….here is the one for The Hobbit!

Here is a video about the locations and the logistics of making that happen.

I really enjoyed the look of this film. The scenery in New Zealand is gorgeous. That’s one reason I opted for IMAX 3D because of the scope of the film. I was not disappointed, the scenery and the look of these film were amazing. The sets, costumes, weaponry, etc… were great. Below is a picture from one scene. Check out the skin textures on these guys.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Trolls

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Trolls

I guess the main thing I enjoyed about this film is it’s ability to take you to another place. It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it. I’m still debating on whether to watch it with the high frame rate or not. Anyone have any suggestions?

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