RSS Feed

Tag Archives: fan experience

Sir PJ, I have a bone to pick with you about The Hobbit…

I think it’s time that I write down my thoughts on The Hobbit as most of my readers have probably seen it.

Before I move on I’d just like to add that I’ve seen the film twice, so I really don’t feel like I can go into detail on the story as I still find the multum of plots overwhelming.

I think I’ll need to see the film a handful of times before I’m anywhere close to being able to

Anyway, this post will be about something that really bugged me the first time I saw the film and not a full-blown review.

0101

As you know, I ended up seeing The Hobbit in Odeon in Leicester Square in London as the big man (meaning Sir PJ) intended, meaning HFR 3D.

All 3 Hobbit movies were shot by capturing 48 frames per second rather than the film industry standard 24.

This means that a HFR movie has less motion blur and has crystal clarity.

What happens is the end product stops resembling a movie and looks like a HD TV program.

And it drove me absolutely nuts.

 At times I felt like instead of the ‘cinema’ look, I got a Discovery Channel HD documentary.

I felt like the new technology had actually stripped the movie from its big screen magic.

Don’t get me wrong, the less blurs on Thorin and Kili, the better, but the end product distracted me from the story.

I respect Sir PJ’s drive for technological advancement in the motion picture experience, but it’s a shame no one stood up and pointed out that he has a wonderful story, a great cast, the success of the LOTR trilogy egging him on and sometimes less in truly more.

Thorin Kili Fili Glasses

I share a similar thought on the 3D aspect.

Was it really vital for the story?

I haven’t seen The Hobbit in 2D so I can’t pass judgment, but I’m venturing a guess that the beautiful images and enthralling acting will stand alone and capture the viewer’s attention.

After all, the dwarvish tale is no Avatar.

I really wish Sir PJ had gotten rid of all the bells and whistles and trusted in the movie he could have made.

What do you think?

Have you had a chance to see The Hobbit in HFR 3D?

Kili Aidan Turner glasses

Look what I found at my local newsagent’s…

From the moment The Hobbit edition of Empire magazine  was out, they’ve been causing a storm.

I decided that if they have the Thorin edition at my local newsagent’s I’ll have to believe it’s fate and buy it, despite my apprehension to spend money on the dwarves before I see the film.

I figured that the universe would want me to have it and maybe I should stick the magazine in my handbag when I travel to London, on the off-chance I might get a cast autograph or *hyperventilating* Mr Armitage himself.

I strut to my local Empik store, knowing full well that they only have one copy left.

I walked over to the film section and found Empire.

Gollum is on the 3D lenticular cover!

I bet that’s not what you expected me to say, but that’s how it was!

I really was hoping the beautiful image of Thorin in blue would catch my eye and make me smile.

The bottom line is that as much as I’m very lucky in some areas of my life, I wouldn’t see myself as someone who’d bump into Richard Armitage at the airport, or be fortunate enough to get an autograph.

He won’t be filming on a set close to my home.

I won’t be attending theatre events or premieres where I could rub elbows with celebs.

Before you start pitying me, let me assure you of one thing.

There a level of freedom in knowing full well that amazing things like that will never happen.

I probably won’t get a pic of Armitage with his arm around my shoulders, nor will I ever get a chance to ask him to sign a photo.

Knowing this simple truth allows me to enjoy the things that are attainable, like meeting fellow Armitage fans and getting a buzz from seeing The Hobbit together with them.

I may never meet Richard Armitage, but I’ll experience something just as exciting, meaning I’ll be sharing my admiration for my favorite actor with other fans in RL.

Richard Armitage seems to be aloof in my life of late.

 I haven’t seen any RA in Warsaw yet.

The official Polish poster and the new book edition both feature either Gandalf or Bilbo on the cover.

I want a huge billboard with moody Thorin glaring right at me when I drive on my way to work.

Am I asking too much?

%d bloggers like this: