December 17th, 2012
03:23 PM ET
Before "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was released, there was already controversy among hardcore fans and other moviegoers.
Would the decision to expand the adaptation from two movies and into three stretch the story too thin? Would it drag?
And how would audiences react to the new 48fps frame rate, which director Peter Jackson used on the film to make it look more realistic?
Atlanta film critic Brett Martin thought that the movie was slow at times, and took about an hour to really get moving.
He also wasn't a fan of 48fps or 3-D, reasoning that the old-fashioned 24fps rate has worked for much of film history and should work fine here. Check out his video below to see what he thought of the movie overall:
Rajiim Gross, meanwhile, was wowed by the new technology.
"It makes you actually feel like you're right there during parts of the film!" the Ft. Thomas, Kentucky resident said.
Check out his A+ review:
Joyce Chow of Los Angeles tried out an experiment: she saw the movie in two different versions, and said it was like seeing two different movies.
For the first version in 3-D IMAX, "We were greatly disappointed in what we saw. It seemed to go on forever and the 3-D could best be described as 3-D gone wrong. People were restless going in and out of the theater and watching their watches."
But she felt quite differently about 48fps: "It was like we had attended a completely different film. Our intention was just to see what 48fps looked like, then leave. We found [that] what we saw was so impressive that we sat through a film that had us checking our watches for how much time [was] left before the film ended and never once looked at them during this screening."
Eric Lindberg, a Tolkien traditionalist who dressed as Bilbo Baggins to see the movie in Oak Park, Illinois, Thursday night, was critical of the idea of making the book a trilogy.
"This has resulted in some pacing issues and some questionable new additions. The end result feels, as Bilbo (and many reviewers) said, 'like butter scraped over too much bread.'"
Still, he enjoyed the movie because he was floored by the cast's performances.
"Martin Freeman is an absolutely perfect Bilbo. He has such understated charm and a flustered, very hobbit-ish quality. I can't imagine anyone else in the part."
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