The Hobbit has already been getting some good reviews including a 9.3/10 rating on IMDB.
"The Hobbit" premiered in New Zealand, but it was the NY Daily News which posted the first review of the movie. Sort of.
Film critic Ethan Sacks published an article on Wednesday which was light on details but heavy in praise for Director Peter Jackson, who he proclaimed to be a "wizard" worthy of Gandalf himself.
The review itself is odd. It doesn't go into real specifics, other than listing the actors and remarking on the technical innovation of a new screening process. Perhaps Sacks is reserving full judgment until the movie screens in NYC on December 14?
But what he does say should whet the appetite of fans all around the world eagerly awaiting the mid-December roll out.
"Lighter and funnier than its 'Lord of the Rings' predecessors, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' remains faithful to the fantasy world last seen in the 2003 Academy Award-winning 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.'"
So there's that.
Sacks does acknowledge the "eye-popping" quality of the controversial 48 frames-per-second format (twice the standard) and admits to being disconcerted by what he describes as the "obscenely corpulent Goblin King [Barry Humphries] in such crystal clarity."
But, does it really matter? Does anyone expect the movie to bomb?
Tolkien purists may deride the added storytelling flourishes which plagued the original series brought to life by Peter Jackson. But it's fairly certain that most viewers will be richly satisfied by his efforts, which have always been first-rate.
What do you think? Will you go see the movie in theaters?
Edited by TheStork, 03 December 2012 - 05:42 PM.