Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D HFR - Review by Stoner Cricket

This is Stoner Cricket Review, where we review movies for Stoners, Ents, and the like. In today's installment, I review “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D HFR.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a Peter Jackson film--the same guy who made the Lord Of The Ring movies, both based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit is Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is taken on an adventure led by The Wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarfs who are on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom. The film was released in many different versions, but my screening was in 3D HFR (High Frame Rate).

This is a blog where we review movies on the big screen to let you know if it’s worth the use of your cookie, brownie, or tokes off your pipe, etc. We use the Reddit Ent Scale to represent how stoned we were during the viewing. On a scale from [1 to 10] during the viewing of The Hobbit, I would say I was about a [3].

Like I had said before my preferred method is to eat a brownie, cookie or some other kind of edible. I eat before the show, before even getting there, and by the time the show is starting it should be taking effect.

We came up with a rating system of up to 7 thumps up for how much the movie is worth seeing baked. Is it worth the use of your trees? We don’t want your trees going to waste. The 7 thumbs up is determined by 3 categories: Effects, Plot, and Sound.

I give a thumb up for Sound. The music was very fitting to get you in the setting of Middle Earth. The Special Effects for the movie were excellent. Along with the 3D and the HFR it brings you right into the film. You're almost right there with the characters. I went to the viewing thinking that the HFR would bring out too many details or make the makeup or props look fake. But, it did not look unreal at all. If anything, it looked more like real life. I would attribute the effect to Peter Jackson and his team's carefulness in making visually stimulating movies. I could see more movies being done this way if other filmmakers gave the same attention to detail as Peter Jackson and collaborators do. Where Gollum already looked good in the LOTR triology, he looked even more real in The Hobbit. I also loved seeing how all of the human-sized actors were made to look like Dwarfs and Hobbits compared to the much taller Gandalf. I give Effects 3 Thumbs up.

The plot was also very good. I have not read the book, so I cannot say how well it followed the original plot line. But, I did want to note that this is the first of 3 movies to be based on The Hobbit, so you shouldn't go in expecting to see the entire adventure as described in the book. If you have not read The Hobbit, then you should know that it is more of a children's book, as compared to The Lord of the Ring books witch are more for adults. The movie was not difficult to follow. For much of the first hour, the movie is kind of slow-paced. But once it gets going, it really takes you on a ride! The acting was very good. It was nice getting to see some of the characters from the LOTRs. Even with this book being split up in 3 parts, the movie is well rounded and comes to a close at a good stopping place. I left the movie thinking, "I can't wait for the next one!" I give 3 thumbs up for Plot.

Giving a total of 7 out of 7 thumps up for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D HFR at a [3], I would highly (LOL!) recommend the movie. If you liked The Lord of the Ring movies, then you should like The Hobbit, too. It would not be a waste of your trees.

Thanks for reading this installment of Stoner Cricket Review. Please leave a comment or your thoughts on the movie, and return to find upcoming reviews. Thanks for stopping by.
I’m Stoner Cricket.

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