December 04, 2016

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – shamefully bloated

I don’t know if seeing The Hobbit part 1 of 3 in the much-discussed 48 frames-per-second diminished the viewing experience, but it certainly didn’t help. Since it’s the way Peter Jackson intended the film to be seen, it very much counts when judging the overall motion picture.

It’s neither the great savior of cinema that the likes of Peter Jackson or James Cameron would have you believe, but nor is it a bell weather of the ‘death of cinema’. It is *different*, that’s for sure. You get an unparalleled clarity of vision and a certain lifelike presentation, akin to looking at a window at ‘real life’.

The various CGI creatures look arguably more lifelike and the 3D is pretty flawless (although the screen looked even more vibrant when I took off the glasses, making me wish there had been a 48 fps 2D option). But for that clarity you lose a certain cinematic grandeur. Yes, certain introductory scenes look like live theater and yes there is an inconsistency of speed, as any number of moments will make one wonder if they’re watching the film on 1.5x speed on their Playstation 3.

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