We will be attending the 3:10 pm showing of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" at the Thornton Place Cinemas on New Year's Day. This is a 24 frames per second, 2D, non-IMAX version. We were thrilled by the Lord of the Rings trilogy from a decade ago so with much anticipation we will see the prequel to the trilogy. Here is a description of The Hobbit taken from Warner Brothers:
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ...a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know."
Here is an official trailer for the film:
The Hobbit - trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOGsB9dORBg)
This film has a 65 rating at rottentomatoes.com. The critics feel that it is visually stunning but the pacing is slow and the storyline is not up to par with the trilogy. Also, a number of them have commented on the disturbing effects of 48 frames per second projection speed at some special screening rooms. Here is a link to rottentomatoes where you can read or scan the views to see if this film is for you:
tomatomater - The Hobbit (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_hobbit_an_unexpected_journey/)
Meet me outside of the screening room at 2:50 (ie, 20 minutes prior to the start of the program). I am an Asian male who wear glasses and who will be wearing some type of hat (beret, black rain hat). A head shot of me is in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look.
After this showing there will be an optional food and beverage stop at a nearby cafe or restaurant either at Thornton Place or the Northgate Mall. This showing will be over around 6:00 pm, and the Rose Bowl should be over by then so that we will not be competing with football fans for table space. Please meet me on the ground level inside the glass entrance doors at the conclusion of the film; this means after all of the credits have scrolled by which could take a while.