Saw it in 48fps, 3D on Imax.
Loved it, the 3D isn't over done, it's just the right amount, the 48fps motion sickness deal is for faggots who probably don't like window seats whilst travelling and as for opinion; Loved it.
1 outta 3 ain't bad.
Ok so lets first talk technical; the 48 looked amazing but with one slight flaw; you know when you watch something shot for standard def up-scaled and it looks a little hokey, some of the recycled sets unfortunately have that look, but beyond that, it felt fluid, more natural, the colours and textures really popped and despite some critics missing the point ("It made it look 'too realistic' and is a waste on a fantasy film" - The Metro), of course you want a fantasy film to look realistic, it helps create suspension of disbelief and draw your audience in.
As for the film, a fantastic adventure and despite the complaint that it "takes too long" to get going, people really need patience, there is nothing wrong with setting up Bilbo as the reluctant hero and taking the time to develop on that, it's called characterisation, it's why people love the Gimli/Legolas scenes. The action beats are genuinely interesting and despite people complaining that some of them are a little "kiddy" I would like to remind them, this film is based on a childrens book and isn't meant to be LotR, it's its own product that so happens to take place in Middle Earth and have some of the same characters. Speaking of which, Radaghast is brilliant, Sylvester McCoys performance is pitch perfect and if you don't want the bunny sledge you have no soul. Also the goblin cave scene was brilliantly executed and the use of 3D used effectively with stray missiles seeming to fly out at the audience, but whilst still keeping the action focused on what's going on.
That said, I actually like 3D but I do recognise that for a lot of films it's also completely unnessacery and inappropriate, films like Dredd 3D (Which you fuckers didn't see so had better pick it up on DVD or Blu-Ray) and The Hobbit however show off the technology at it's best, keep it subtle, almost unnoticeable until you have the right moment to wow your audience with.
So is it perfect? No the flow is a little off, the dwarves aren't quite as developed as I'd like and sometimes the moments tying in LotR elements feel a little tacked on, but still I give it a solid 8/10. But if you're not a fan of LotR or the book, make it a 7/10.
As an aside; there is a scene in the film that absolutely reminded me of that other all time classic fantasy featuring a band of dwarves Time Bandits, the way it's shot and the events that take place, feel like they were lifted straight from a Terry Gilliam film. You'll know the bit when you see it.
Also what is it with movie goers incredible hostility to new technology? Seriously the last time we saw this kind of backlash was against the use of CGi in the 90's, CGi that without need I remind you we wouldn't have had LotR, Avengers Assemble Star Trek 09 and the Star Wars prequels... ok so it's not all good. But my point is, there is always a learning curve with new tech and the more you pour money into it, the more studios will relent and allow more advances to be made, in other words; By not supporting 3D you're potentially depriving me of my very own Holodeck, and why would you do that?