There are a lot of reasons to be excited for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It’s a movie made for anyone who likes adventure. Who likes fantasy. Who likes intense motion sickness. Yep, if you’re pregnant, have a heart condition or have difficulty riding Batman: The Ride at Six Flags, chances are this movie is not for you. Early screenings of Peter Jackson’s first installment of his new Middle Earth trilogy are apparently causing nausea and headaches to many of the viewers who find the 3D frame rate of 48 frames per second (twice the normal rate) the film was shot in difficult to watch.
The doubled frame rate is supposed to add more realism to the footage, much in the same way of the battle scenes in Saving Private Ryan, but apparently as one viewer put it, ‘you have to hold your stomach down and let your eyes pop at first to adjust. This is not for wimps.’ And another fan said the experience of the watching the movie was like ‘having motion sickness similar to being on a rollercoaster.’ And that’s why we’re pushing #Hobbitvomit on Twitter today. Because the only thing worse than a hairy-footed dwarf, is one that makes you throw up.