Winter Movie Guide: December 2012 – Week 2

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

 

After years of stops and starts (and two major league directors dropping out, one of which did months and months of pre-production), Peter Jackson is back in the shire to tell the story of The Hobbit, a place I never thought I’d see him again, especially after the first three films (chronologically, the end of the stories) nearly killed him and he said he was done spending years of his life making them.  Well, he did it, and the shortest book of them all has ballooned into three films.  I’m still not sure that will garner the best result, but from the studio’s perspective, I understand it.  Regardless, I’m glad he’s back to the task, and this weekend, we get to see the fruits of his labor once again.  A guaranteed billion dollar movie, no studio had the balls to go against it, and rightly so.  Next week gets us a bunch of counter-programming, but this week, it’s all The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  While I’m still not sure it will be as vastly entertaining as the last three films, I’m excited to see it (I felt the same way about Fellowship of the Ring, but ended up loving it anyway), so this one is a treat.  The HFR (48 frames a second) concept has created a lot of controversy, but I’m curious to see it anyway, just to see what all the fuss is about.  If the previous Lord of the Rings films did nothing for you, there’s no reason to think this will be any different, but seeing as how that applies to such a small spectrum of moviegoers, this one is a guaranteed hit.

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