Sean (Sean Captain, TechNewsDaily Managing Editor ) here way overplayed the negatives by lacing his entire critique with technical gripes and snarky one-liners in an attempt to sensationalize his review by giving people the impression this movie is worse than it truly is. It worked, it got him a spot on Foxnews.com and got me to read it. The problem: The Hobbit wasn’t a bad movie at all…
Sean Captain’s review:
Of course, I read Sean’s review before watching the movie itself and although I did notice a couple instances of 2-D cinematography techniques not translating well in a 3-D filming environment, I thought Sean’s review is way off the mark. So much so as to be laughable.
His comments about the appearance and scale of Gandalf are laughable. Yes, he has always been much larger than Humans, Dwarves and Hobbits, the story was written that way you goof. Where have you been through the last 3 movies before this one, asleep?
The intentional blurring of the foreground actually helped the flow and focus of the story in the same way you change your visual focus when you begin to draw your attention away from something close in order to look beyond it. As the focus of the story changes, so does the focus of the camera; drawing the viewer further into the immersive 3-D experience. I don’t get your problem with that because it did not seem unnatural to me at all and Sean’s entire review is beginning to look like an attempt to draw attention to himself (or his website) and grab a headline or two by presenting a fantastically good movie out to be a cheep parlor trick.
I don’t know what film Sean thought he was watching, but I very much appreciated the lack of choppiness with the use of High Frame Rate 3-D and I found it’s effect on the detail of the scenery to be exactly the opposite of Sean’s observations except for a very few instances. Anyone can sit back and nit-pick tiny details out of any movie, but the facts remain that technically speaking there were only minor technical issues that surfaced within the Hobbit movie in HFR 3-D
It doesn’t take a lot to criticize work you can’t do and you can hide a lot with bluster and snarky one-liners. Sean’s review actually gave me pause, but I went to the movie anyway and found the Hobbit by far the best 3-D movie experience of my life so far; bar none.
Sean should quit trying to make a name for himself by outright panning a ground breaking Blockbuster that really has a lot going for it. The lesson here? If you are going to try to make a name for yourself by bucking the general trend and pan a hugely popular movie; pick a movie that is not based on a story that has been part of the public consciousness for more than 40 years so that people have a harder time of seeing through your ignorance when you inevitably overreach. (or at least do your homework on the topic at hand) Were there some technical problems? Sure there were, there were a few jarring transitions and foreground/actor mismatches (and this is me nitpicking to the Nth degree), but given the ground-breaking nature of the techniques being used you can’t expect perfection and you’ve way overplayed some truly minor issues with this film. I found my jaw dropped on more than a few occasions at the pure clarity and depth of detail.
Just my view from the cheep seats…