We saw The Hobbit 3D High Framerate version. I enjoyed the movie and was amused to see that Radagast was played by a former Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy). Also had Guy of Gisborne from BBC Robin Hood with a big dwarf nose. Anyway, aside from being 3D, the 48 frames per second version was odd to see. I think I’m a bit prejudiced against it in up-close dialog scenes. It looked unnaturally smooth and cheap for a movie, like some kind of TV show. Maybe this is the same kind of situation when people claim that records sound better than CDs (which I always thought was pretty silly). However, in fast-moving action scenes, it really helped. You know how sometimes in a movie, the frame rate is so slow that you can’t really tell what’s going on sometimes? Well, that didn’t happen here. But there was also a scene where it made the special effects look fast and toy-like. We’ll see if they do it for the next Hobbit movies, or if the criticism was too much. (They’re splitting it into 3 movies.) Either this will catch on and people in the future will laugh at the 24 frame per second movies of the past or it will come to nothing Also, maybe they’ll learn to do it better and how to do the effects and lighting better for 48 frames per second. I mean, this was the first try.
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