Small Screen Comparision: The Hobbit: TDoS

Posted on by 5WC in Film, Opinion
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Having already reviewed The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug when I saw it last year in the cinema is seems a little foolish to write another review. And so, it seemed to make more sense, in the same way as I did for Gravity, to compare how the film transfers from the large screen to the small. And how that effects, improves or changes the viewing experience.

The first thing that really hit me, and it was surprising, as it hadn’t happen at all with the first film, or even the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was that on the smaller screen this film just lost all its impact. It felt cramped, it felt squeezed. It didn’t feel anything like the spectacle it had in the cinema. Whether, unlike previous outings was because this was the first of Peter Jackson’s JRR Tolkien films I was watching at home in 3D I don’t know, but it actually ruined the film slightly. This sense of compaction and loss of depth and connection to the film was so striking in the opening sequences that I did actually think at one point of getting up and changing it for the 2D version instead.
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