It’s time to get into full Hobbit mode. After Skyfall and Lincoln release this weekend, the next big budget blockbuster will be The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. All three are in my most highly anticipated films of the year list, but right now you can purchase your tickets for the IMAX release of An Unexpected Journey.
IMAX is such an amazing movie-going experience. Those who haven’t seen a film on a full 70mm IMAX screen need to visit one as soon as possible. Movies like The Dark Knight Rises and of course An Unexpected Journey make it necessary to see them at a real IMAX and only a real IMAX. The imagery and the sound are unlike anything you will ever get from a regular screen. An IMAX viewing is the bees knees.
The film was shot in 3D 48-frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D in select theaters, which is said to have a cleaner, clearer picture. Along with the HFR format, you can find The Hobbit trilogy released in 3D, IMAX, and 2D.
(For those of you who do not know the difference between a Lie-MAX theatre and a true 70mm IMAX need to become aware of the difference.)
With Peter Jackson’s vision, I expect The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to be absolutely epic. After how large in scale The Lord of the Rings trilogy was, I will accept nothing less than what I have already been given. The trailer for An Unexpected Journey is pretty excellent, so I will be let down if the film isn’t.
After the fallout of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that The Hobbit would be turned into a trilogy. Each film will be delivered in the same format and frame rate since they were all shot congruently together. The second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug releases December 13, 2013, and the third film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again is slated for July 18, 2014.
Set 60-years before the events of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, our adventure follows Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) alongside the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Their epic quest takes them across Middle-earth to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Along the path, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of a “precious” ring tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways he cannot begin to know.
Also reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings in The Hobbit Trilogy are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Elijah Wood as Frodo, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
If you’d like to get a head start and purchase your IMAX tickets early, head on over to your local IMAX theatre. You can find all locations on the official IMAX website. There is also a website dedicated to showing you where the HFR 3D screenings are being held in the US and Canada!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases on December 14.