3D releases and Review: "Rise of the Guardians" "The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey"

An Epic by any Standard.
An Epic by any Standard. | Source

Rise of the Guardians

Santa Clause, The Easter Bunny . and Jack Frost are the stars in this beautifully crafted children's film.
Santa Clause, The Easter Bunny . and Jack Frost are the stars in this beautifully crafted children's film. | Source

The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey

If you enjoyed the previous Hobbit films you will find this one to be up to the standards of the others. This is the first of a trilogy and the result is that the storyline does seem unfinished, much like the first Hobbit film. There is a leisurely pacing, particularly the first 40 minutes most of which takes place in Bilbo Baggins home. This was budgeted somewhere around $300 million and the box-office brought in over a billion dollars making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2012, and the 14th highest-grossing film of all time.

The film received three Academy Award nominations for Best Makeup and Hairstyling Best Visual Effects, and Best Production Design.

For 3D enthusiasts, this is a must own collectible as the settings are spectacular from the interior of Baggins humble home to the magnificent battle scenes with the Goblins, Orcs and Wargs. The story line is a formula plot that we have all viewed from time to time: the heroes must overcome all odds as they travel to their destination to reclaim their homeland. There is a 2D bonus disc that includes ten documentaries on the making of the film. 3 1/2 STARS are well deserved for this enjoyable film.

Rise of the Guardians

This is a DreamWorks animated fantasy film staring Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause the Tooth Fairy, and Sandman. Together they battle Pitch who threatens the “hope” of children around the world. This was budgeted at $145 million and the big dollars spent show in every scene with eye-popping sets and wall-to-wall fast action scenes.

The characters will appeal more to children than adults as will the storyline. It lacks a strong central character like Wreck-it Ralph, and Brave. Jack Frost is the hero; however he is not that engaging, nor is the villain. The movie took in a lackluster $303 million and reported lost money for the producers. Most of these animated features bring in around $500 million and the result is a sequel. There may not be a sequel as the concept doesn’t have strong characters that would be worth a second look. Nevertheless the film is worthwhile and should entertain many viewers, mostly for the breakneck pacing and eye-popping effects. The 3D is outstanding as many of the effects do jump out of the screen more than most others. TWO STARS is earned for this animated fantasy.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Good review. I'm not sure why but I have never really liked 3D movies, even when they first came out when I was a kid. Now that we have to pay more for them at the theaters I definitely won't watch them. :)


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Marina7 3 years ago from Clarksville TN

Thank you for this great review!!


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

3D is great on the big screen. I definitely want to see "The Hobbit". Probably won't bother with the other one though.


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Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thank you all for taking time to comment.

Christopher-- You would get nothing out of the Guardians. You are much to wise and sophisticated to get anything out of it. The Hobbit--it's a big winner.


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Larry Rankin 13 months ago from Oklahoma

Personally, I enjoy 3D at the theater on occasion, but it really doesn't pop the same way on home systems.

Wonderful product analysis.


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Reynold Jay 13 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Larry. That is good to know. I must go at least once to experience it. I stay at home all too much.


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Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

I have not seen Rise, but I did see all three Hobbit films and was not impressed. I am a huge LOTR fan and was amazed by the movie versions, but something about The Hobbit didn't grab me, even though I loved the book. Perhaps it was the largely computerized effects, which weren't as greatly relied upon in LOTR. The Orc battles in LOTR I have heard were live action, while in the Hobbit they were largely computerized. Great hub!


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Reynold Jay 13 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

You lost me on LOTR. You know what LOTR is, but I do not. Once I know that I bet your comment will carry weight here. Hey--I'm and old guy and some of this stuff I am not that hip.


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Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

Lord of the Rings, Sir.


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Reynold Jay 13 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

That helps. We are big fans of the Lord of the Rings. Fantasy on a grand scale. Glad you brought the old guy up to speed.


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DDE 12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You have good reviews on such movies. Informative and well-presented.


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Reynold Jay 12 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thank you DDE.

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