16 December 2012

Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey HFR 3D Film Review

I read the book so long ago that I can't even remember the story, and from the reviews written it doesn't seem to matter, as bits of story are apparently borrowed from all over the place. And what a story it is! Similar to LOTR movies in style, the Hobbit starts out with a very lengthy meeting between Bilbo and the Dwarves, and then they start trudging. Just as I was about to get bored with the long walking scenes, the action gets cranked up, and set piece by set piece deliver Mountain Giants, Orcs, Trolls and Goblins by the truck load. There is also a superb scene with Gollum, which shows how far CGI and motion capture have come. There are also great story pieces with the Elves and Sylvestor McCoy playing the brown wizard with his rabbit drawn sledge! So more of the same, but much better! Go see it now!

We were also lucky enough to see this in Hight Frame Rate 48fps (HFR 3D), and much who-ha has been made of this format. It was a mixed bag really. The 3D wasn't outstanding, just seeming to be a film that happens to have been filmed in 3D. The HFR made some scenes look spectacularly real, like the vistas, and some pieces look completely artificial. Overall though I can't say I was bothered either way!

Ben 9 out of 10
Barry 9 out of 10


15 December 2012

War of the Worlds New Generation Theatre Review

Live at the O2 in London we saw War of the Worlds New Generation conducted by Jeff Wayne. The music was loud and powerful and instantly recognisable. Unfortunately we were both expecting a bit more of a show, and there were occasional acting pieces, also a couple of songs that seemed to grate against the music. The effects, compared to other West End shows, were also lacking, with one tiny alien walker and a "hologram" Liam Neason, which was him basically projected on a bit of plexiglass! We were basically watching a CGI movie on the big screen, to live music, with the odd actor thrown in. Its a shame, as if they'd trimmed some of it down, we wouldn't of had to leave early!

Ben 2 out of 5
Barry 2 out of 5