That could change, of course-- early silent films were shot at 15 to 24 fps, then adjusted for the arrival of sound, and the more we experiment with digital video at home and add our own effects, the implicit cultural assumption that a higher frame rate means "real" will vanish . In a way, Jackson and The Hobbit might just be ahead of their time. But as a person living in 2012, you are not required to automatically jump ahead with them.

If you want to check out an exciting new technology that will probably be used in a few more movies, and experience The Hobbit the way Peter Jackson wants you to… See it in 48 fps and 3D. There are enough outstanding effects to make it stand out, and there will be plenty to discuss with your friends after.

If you want to be properly swept away to Middle Earth and really immersed in the story… See it in 24 fps (the 3D is optional-- it's pretty good 3D but nothing revolutionary). That's the only way to get the "look" that you know from the first three Lord of the Rings films, and it takes away the many distractions of 48 fps.

If you're curious about the technology but not sure it's for you… See The Hobbit both ways. The movie is enjoyable enough to hold up to repeat viewings, and comparing the two experiences-- which I haven't been able to do yet-- will make you the absolute best judge of whether this technology is going anywhere.

Will you see The Hobbit in 24 or 48 fps?

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