Friday, December 14, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 7 Word Weekend

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Probably a third of a good movie...

It's one thing to take a trilogy of books and make them into a trilogy of films, but to take The Hobbit and spin it into three movies... Color me skeptical. Frankly I've sort of lost faith in Peter Jackson. Loved his earlier works, and adored the first LOTR. I didn't care for some of the changes made in the subsequent sequels to some of the characters, but overall, good stuff. Since then he's really seemed to have lost something. Him returning to the hobbit world sounded like a good idea initially. But shortly it became two movies, and then with them basically complete, he decided he could squeeze one more out of it.

Don't get me wrong, I fully intend to enjoy The Hobbit. Martin Freeman has long been a favorite of mine, and I expect he'll bring something amazing to Bilbo. The supporting cast is also pretty fantastic. I expect I'll enjoy a lot of it. I'm just wondering how much of it is going to be filler? I suspect when the trilogy is done, some young, enterprising, individual will take the three films and edit it into one good film. I say enterprising, but really I just mean some fanboy with way too much time on their hands. 

Then there is the question of the whole 48FPS issue, which a lot of people on initial viewing hate, but Peter Jackson insists is the future of film. Is it? Probably. Is that good or bad? I have my thoughts on that matter, but I'm not going to make any judgement before I've seen it myself. I've noticed a lot of people who haven't seen it already stating pretty bold opinions. I know it's also been serving as a distraction when it comes to judging the movie's quality. I look forward to see it myself and making up my mind about it. 

How about you, are hobbits in your plans for the weekend? Are you going the traditional route or do you plan to see it in 48fps?


  1. I'm seeing the 3D version, whichever one that is.
    For the third movie, I guess they are taking a lot from the appendixes for the story.

  2. I will not be seeing it any time soon. Too much kid stuff and holiday stuff going on right now. Let me know what you think of it when you finally see it. Happy Friday!

  3. Everyone's turned Hobbity today. Great to read your post.

  4. It will be interesting to see how this pans out. A trilogy? Hard to do. I'll see the movie though.

  5. I for sure am seeing it. I have this giant framed poster in my living room reminding me of this. Not sure I get all the technical stuff but I am sure I will enjoy it! Although it will probably have to wait until I get back from vacation.

    Hey dude, if you want to turn some creative juice loose...pop over and check out the Apocalypse blogfest I am co-hosting with the Warrior Muse...

  6. I remember when everyone said 3D would take over every film but is nothing more than a novelty like 48fps will be. Our eyes are very good at 24fps at being fooled by things that are not real or computer added but after that our brains can pick out the flaws and it destroys the realism filmakers are striving for with these fantasy films. On this one I want to have options to see the film with either none or all of the bells and I can see for msyelf.

  7. Good gravy, I thought it was just TWO parts ... Now I'm less excited.

  8. I'm skeptical of breaking it out over so many movies. However, my wife's family had a fun holiday tradition of going to see each LOTR movie Christmas eve night which is being reinstated this year with the Hobbit. So in that sense more movies is better.


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