You're Getting to Be a Hobbit with Me, Dept.
Here are a few notes for you on The Hobbit:
- Your sobsister saw it today in 3D HFR (high frame rate). In my case, at least, I did not experience seizures, blackouts or pruritus ani from watching a film at 48 frames per second versus the 24 fps to which we as a species are accustomed. I didn't notice, as a few had noted, that the high frame rate made effects and props seem less real in the same way HDTV was supposed to reveal how crap TV sets are. It does afford one a more-unmediated view in the sense of showing how the actors might look were they standing in front of you. In some ways, it's a bit like the difference between filmed and videotaped TV shows, particularly when video was still relatively new.
- The longueurs reported may be in the eyes and wristwatches of the reviewers. I was into it. I liked the slower exposition and extra detail that are necessitated by taking a single book and turning it into a trilogy. I am, however, in the target demo's sweet spot, so YMMV.
- Martin Freeman is quite a good Bilbo. I wondered whether I would carry over his Watson from Sherlock. And then, as the credits rolled, I saw that Benedict Cumberbatch is in the film. Can we get Matt Smith and John Barrowman in there somehow for the full-body BBC nerdgasm?
- As you might imagine, love the dwarves.
- Tim Finn sings the outro song, composed by him. All Kiwi all the time, that Peter Jackson.
- There are some eye-popping set pieces in this film and some amazing (virtual) camera movement. I can't begin to imagine the work involved in realizing some of these images.
- I will be interested in seeing how the rest of the book is stretched into two more films, though. As The New Yorker's film critic somewhat peevishly noted, it's 45 minutes into the film before we see young Bilbo, as we're first shown the fall of Erebor and the older Bilbo and young Frodo on the eve of Bilbo's departure at the start of LOTR. Fuck him. I enjoyed it. And I will likely enjoy seeing all the other cool backstory that Jackson and his crews will share with us. Again: SWEET me SPOT.
Oh, and 2013 is also bringing us Iron Man 3, World War Z, The Wolverine, Spielberg's Robopocalypse, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim and prequel 300: Battle of Artemisia.
I take my escapism neat and big. Truly, this is a golden age for fantasy/superhero/sci-fi fanboys and -girls beyond imagining 20 years ago.