If you are like me, there is one movie that you have been dying to see all year long… The Hobbit. Being such a big fan of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, I was very excited when I learned The Hobbit would be coming out, and even more so when I started seeing the trailers on Youtube.
Now the day that I have been waiting for has arrived, but unfortunately early reviews of the movie are not so great. Probably the biggest thing that The Hobbit has working against it is the fact that Peter Jackson is trying to stretch the book into a three-part movie series.
This was hard for a lot of Tolkien fans to digest. It is one thing to make three books into three different movies, which Jackson did to great success with Lord of the Rings but to try to pull off the same feat with just one book's worth of source material is a bit much. Sure, the book has plenty of action, but stretching out over three movies is a bit questionable.
The biggest complaint that early reviews have had about the movie is that there is simply too much CGI going on, giving the movie more of a video game feel to it. People were able to emotionally connect with the characters in the original movies, but this time around that connection may be hard to make with a group of computer-animated dwarves dominating the screen.
The other big complaint is that Jackson decided to use new technology to show the film at 48 frames per second, not the standard 24 frames per second that Hollywood has used for the past 80 years. Yes the additional frame speed makes everything appear in higher definition, but critics say it takes away from the “reality” of the sets.
A final complaint is the long 2 hour and 49 minute running time. This is a long time for anyone to sit in a movie theatre, no matter how good the movie is. In this regard, Jackson would have probably been better off spending a little more time in the editing booth.
Regardless, people are going to flock to the theatres to see the movie. No matter how many bad reviews I read about the movie I will still be sure to pay my $20 to go see it in fancy 3D IMAX (IMAX) theatre. Will it be as good as the original Lord of the Rings movies? Probably not, but that’s OK, with the standard is set so high, it would have been almost impossible to hit that mark again. I may walk away disappointed, but that is a risk we run anytime we pay to see a movie.
The Hobbit may not be as successful as Jackson's previous movies, but it will definitely not be a flop.
Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va. His articles typically cover big-picture events and forecasting what impact they will have on the stock market. In addition to writing for Fresh Brewed Media, Michael also wrote for AOL's BloggingStocks for three years, focusing most of his attention on the energy and technology sectors.