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December 28, 2012

Half in the Bag - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Red Letter Media guys consider Peter Jackson's latest foray into Middle Earth. The first half of their review focusses on The Hobbit as a "prequel" to The Lord of the Rings; the two of them have never read the books and it shows. They are right to point out Jackson's main problem: How to make a film which is both faithful to what is, after all, a children's book and makes sense in light of the later - epic - material he has already filmed? Where Half in the Bag thinks Jackson falls short, I believe Tolkien fans will find the film is more faithful to the story than the novel could be. Tolkien had to retcon - and gloss over - the details as Middle Earth grew in the telling; both Jackson and his audience have the benefit of hindsight.

The second half of the review concerns the technological innovations used in filming the latest instalment. Having seen The Hobbit once in traditional 2D, I now need to see it again in 3D at 48 fps. In video game production, we produce at 60 fps where processing power allows so it is not as though I am stuck on 24 fps. Having said that, the only appreciable difference I have noticed so far is jitter where in the past there would have been blur. We are used to latter, the former needs a technical fix rather than getting used to.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 28, 2012 10:48 AM