The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Grading & Discussion (Spoilers)

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How would you grade [i]The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey[/i]?

  1. A+

    32 vote(s)
    16.6%
  2. A

    52 vote(s)
    26.9%
  3. A-

    38 vote(s)
    19.7%
  4. B+

    28 vote(s)
    14.5%
  5. B

    15 vote(s)
    7.8%
  6. B-

    9 vote(s)
    4.7%
  7. C+

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  8. C

    8 vote(s)
    4.1%
  9. C-

    2 vote(s)
    1.0%
  10. D+

    3 vote(s)
    1.6%
  11. D

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  12. D-

    3 vote(s)
    1.6%
  13. F

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  1. The Mirrorball Man

    The Mirrorball Man Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Sure, you're right and I have no idea how it works in practice. I just think that it may be one among several factors that Peter Jackson has to consider when taking liberties with the novel, not that the Tolkien estate, as grumpy as it may be, seems overtly litigious.
     
  2. Silvercrest

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    They do, don't they?

    I wonder how Christopher felt about the orcs/elves speech.
     
  3. Tyberius

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    Middle French pique -> Middle English pike -> Alteration of pike peak

    Eh, language changes.
     
  4. lurok

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    I like the LoTR film trilogy and all the books, but just found this enervating. I'll be curious to see how trilogy plays out but not holding breath (when first heard, initial thought was: wtf? it's a kid's book. Just do it and be done).
     
  5. Workbee

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    Saw the movie -- after reading some of the comments, I have come to feel that Jackson made a mistake by trying to match the tone and epic scope of his LOTR movies. While I enjoyed it, it makes me a little sad that we won't get a movie that really lets story The Hobbit shine for what it originally was (its own story and NOT a prequel to LOTR).

    Here is a crazy idea --- what if Jackson based the movie off the first edition of the Hobbit (when Gollum freely offers the ring for a prize in the riddle contest). Gollum isn't an old hobbit that was corrupted by the ring, he's just some weird creature. He doesn't talk the way he does because of some psychotic breakdown from the rings corrupting influence -- he just is because that's what he is. The ring is just a magic ring. Elves are singing tricksters. When Gandalf leaves, no one has any idea what he's doing. In essence -- do an anti Lucas to the story. Let the Hobbit be mismatched and not quite fit into the LOTR trilogy. I am curious if people would have enjoyed this approach, or if they would have felt disappointed more than anything.
     
  6. Alidar Jarok

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    Even Tolkien wanted to move away from that, though. Every time he wrote the Hobbit, he tried to edge it towards the Lord of the Rings. Not just the rewrite, but the Quest of Erebor too. I think to go that extreme is to deny that they are part of the same universe. It's a lighter story from a lighter time. In reality, there should be hints of something darker, while I think the movie is the LOTR in tone, but with hints of something lighter. In other words, it's a question of emphasis rather than black and white.
     
  7. JarodRussell

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    Well, what would you need Peter Jackson and the entire production crew from Lord of the Rings for if you wanted the film to be completely different? Let JJ Abrams do it.
     
  8. Tiberius

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    I'd love to tell you what I thought of the movie, but I can't.

    I went to see an HFR version of the movie and hated it. Everything looked like it was a cheaply made TV movie, or something from a computer game cutscene, and everything seemed to be moving too fast. Seriously, it was like watching goddamn Benny Hill.

    Walked out and got a refund on my ticket.

    Gonna see a regular 24fps version on Sunday, and I'll let you know what I think of the movie.

    But I hate the hfr stuff, at least until they can add in some bloody motion blur.
     
  9. Gov Kodos

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    The best one can explain the difference between LOTR and The Hobbit is to say different authors, Frodo and Bilbo. In the real world, stuff changed
     
  10. Set Harth

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    I don't understand this. I feel like I saw a toned-down version of the HFR because what I saw didn't bother me at all.
     
  11. JD

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    ^Same here. I loved the added clarity, and I think I did notice things moving a little faster, but none of it ever looked wrong or unnatural to me.
     
  12. Set Harth

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    And nothing really feels like Benny Hill if it doesn't use Yakety Sax.
     
  13. Klaus

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    It certainly does feel like the reaction of people here to HFR is widely disparate... some like it, some are neutral [my reaction], and some hate it completely.

    I wonder if there are variations between the way different theaters project it, like the brightness issue in 3D bulbs...?
     
  14. Set Harth

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    It's starting to feel like something like that is happening.

    Or people are looking for reasons to hate the film.
     
  15. The Mirrorball Man

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    Or they just didn't enjoy it.
     
  16. Tiberius

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    I hope you don't think that I was looking for a way to hate the film. On the contrary, I loved LotR and I'm looking forward to seeing the Hobbit. I just felt that the HFR technique didn't work right yet.
     
  17. JarodRussell

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    HFR is just a technical aspect. Criticizing it for HFR is like criticizing it for color, surround sound, screen resolution or even screen size.
     
  18. Mark de Vries

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    I've got another option: I didn't notice it. Then again, I don't see 3D either (with 3D glasses, I see the movie like regular 2D). It's my eyes being wonky, so maybe that's why I don't notice the HFR either.
     
  19. RoJoHen

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    Finally got around to seeing it this afternoon. My only real criticism of the film, as many others have stated, is that certain scenes, especially the opening sequences in The Shire and some of the battles, are far too drawn out. Peter Jackson needs a lesson in editing. That said, I really did enjoy it. I saw it in 2D, and I honestly have no idea if it was HFR or not. It looked great either way, and I'm looking forward to the next two parts.

    I also think my theater had the volume turned down a little bit, as I had to strain to hear some of the dialogue, but I doubt that was an issue with the film itself.

    I'd probably give it a B.
     
  20. Set Harth

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    I've gotta ask: if you can't see 3D why would you pay extra to see a 3D film? Did you feel like making a donation to the struggling film industry?

    I had the same problem, but more toward the beginning of the film.

    If you saw it in 2D, it wasn't HFR.
     

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