Hobbit Nausea: Dizzy Movie Making Fans Sick?
Fans who go to see "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" may want to avoid eating any big meals beforehand. Some moviegoers who attended early screenings reported 'hobbit nausea' brought on by the film's high-speed frame rate and swirling, fast-action camerawork.
"It's a little bit different and anything that's different visually can be nauseating," Alex Ben Block, senior editor of The Hollywood Reporter, told NBC News.
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The Guardian reported a slew of complaints of hobbit nausea from queasy fans:
"You have to hold your stomach down and let your eyes pop at first to adjust. This is not for wimps," said one.
"I left loving the movie but feeling sick," said another.
Warner Bros. Studios, already feeling nervous about the so-so reviews from critics, issued a statement in an effort to reassure moviegoers that hobbit nausea is a rare (and possibly non-existent) phenomenon.
"We have been screening the full-length HFR 3D presentation of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' extensively and feedback has been extremely positive, with none of thousands who have seen the film projected in this format expressing any of the issues described by two anonymous sources in media reports," said the statement.
But Warner Bros. might not want to distance themselves from 'hobbit nausea' just yet. As The Guardian pointed out, there have been several movies that were responsible for in-theater vomiting that went on to be quite successful. For example, during showings of 'The Exorcist,' many theater-owners had staff working double-time to clean up vomit in the theaters (when people weren't just straight-up fainting). It went on to gross $415 million. Hobbit nausea-like symptoms also affected some people who saw "Avatar." It went on to make $3 billion worldwide.
The hobbit nausea complaints only came from people who saw the high-speed 48fps version. Fans who saw the traditional 2D version did not report any hobbit nausea.
What do you think? Will the potential onset of hobbit nausea prevent you from seeing the film? Or do you think hobbit nausea is just nonsense?
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