The Hobbit had its New Zealand premiere last week, and despite the press being sworn to secrecy, New York Daily News went ahead and published anyway.
On the whole, Ethan Sack’s review was pretty complimentary, saying that the controversial 48 fps look enhanced the movie as director Peter Jackson said it would.
“Critics who saw a trailer earlier this year were unimpressed, but after a minute or two of adjusting, the higher resolution is eye-popping, similar to discovering HD television for the first time,” Sacks writes.
However, he was left unimpressed by Sylvester McCoy’s Radagast the Brown, a friend of Gandalf’s, even going as far as to compare him to Jar Jar Binks!
He continued: “Like all unexpected journeys, there are a few pitfalls along the way, most notably the tangential subplot surrounding bumbling wizard Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy), whose buffoonery at times descends into Jar Jar Binks territory.”
On the plus side, it’s said to be a “lighter and funnier” film than its Lord Of The Rings predecessors, while remaining faithful to that world last seen in 2003’s Return Of The King.
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