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Our review of The Hobbit:
KRISTIAN: Peter Jackson and the crew return to Middle Earth once again, and it’s for the first time…the prequel to the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy is “The Hobbit”. Tolkien’s classic tale will be told on screen in three movies, and in some theaters viewers will watch the action unfold in 48 frames per second. Unfortunately I was one of those moviegoers, and I feel like the hyper HD took me out of the adventure and made me more aware that I was watching a film with actors playing roles. This is even more upsetting because I otherwise thought this was a very well-done film; Bilbo Baggins is recruited by the wizard Gandalf to be the sneak attack in a pack of feisty dwarves hoping to reclaim their homeland. While I would have liked to get more in-depth with the characters (you’d think with three hours we could get to at least know everyone’s name), the adventure moves at a nice pace and is accentuated brilliantly by Howard Shore’s score. I feel like the 48 frames per second took off a full half point of enjoyment, yet I proudly reclaim here as I confidently send movie lovers forth to see “The Hobbit” (in 24 frames, please!).
SCORE: 4/5 Schmoes
MARK: We’re back in Middle Earth, and the vacation hotspot for fantasy lovers has never looked better…perhaps that’s because she’s 60 years younger than we last witnessed in “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”. In “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, we meet a young Bilbo Baggins who relucntantly joins a gaggle of dwarves seeking to reclaim their once-thriving homeland. This is a fantastic avdvenure film with plenty for both newbies and fans of the classic “Lord of the Rings” characters: Gandalf is back with more clever wizardry, and a younger Gollum is still just as bipolar as ever. Expertly paced by Peter Jackson, the visual effects are some of the best ever witnessed on screen, and unlike my counterpart I enjoyed the 48 frames per second novelty. It is by no means necessary to the enjoyment of the film however, so for safety’s sake maybe stick to seeing it in 3D and going from there. Regardless of the frames, dimensions, or goggles used to conjure it, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is an incredible ride and a triumphant return to Middle Earth.
SCORE: 4.75/5 Schmoes