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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Hannah (SilvanElf7)

Date Posted: 2012-12-14
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Wow. I am ridiculously happy because of this movie and probably will remain so for several weeks!! The return journey to Middle-Earth was every bit as exciting, touching, funny, heartbreaking, and beautiful as it could possibly be! From the moment the familiar Shire theme played in the beginning I smiled like...well, like a Tolkien fanatic going to Middle-earth!
The film was beautifully made, it flowed seamlessly, and the story was told in a way that brought The Hobbit vividly to life. I absolutely loved every aspect of it. My favourite, however, was the casting. The casting was absolutely perfect - they all all brought the characters leaping off the pages of the script, and they captured that part of you that makes you laugh, smile, cry, and FEEL with them. I was especially impressed and moved by Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage.
Martin Freeman!! What can I even say?! He brought Bilbo to life in such a heartwarming, sincere, endearing, humorous, totally Bilbo-ish, utterly brilliant way! It was beautiful to watch. He didn't play Bilbo - he WAS Bilbo. He was perfect!!
And Richard Armitage was absolutely beyond brilliant as Thorin - he was Thorin as I always imagined Thorin (but maybe more attractive! Lol!). I really like how Peter Jackson portrayed the devastation Smaug laid upon made me cry, but it made Thorin seem so human suddenly. Who, after seeng their family, home, and they held dear destroyed, would NOT at least attempt to avenge and reclaim it? He was just so...right!!!
Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, and Ian McKellen were all brilliant - it was so cool to see the White Council!!!! Also adored the cameo in the beginning of Ian Holm and Elijah Wood - I was grinning like a kid at Christmas through that whole bit! And Radagast - I have to hand it to him, that whole bit of his...he was cast spot-on. I can't even imagine anyone else playing him. I really liked him!
And props to everyone in make-up and costumes (and whoever styled all that hair because that was a LOT of hair!!) because it was all incredible!!! All of the detail of the sets and costumes were really lovely!

A lot of people have been complaining about the lack if new themes, and as a musician, I have just have to address that...personally, I can see where these people are coming from - it would be cool to have a score with lots of new themes that were all-original and brought out the heart of The Hobbit film the way The Lord of the Rings scores did. But the thing is, the heart of both stories are united and each part of a whole. These familiar themes were a beautiful way to tie in The Hobbit with The Lord of the Rings. These two stories are so different on the surface, and the familiar themes that go with certain places (for instance Rivendell and The Shire) make it feel more familiar and like we're still in the same world and have been there, even if it is a lot different. So the continuity was nice, and it made it feel as though we were coming back to Middle-Earth rather than watching an entirely foreign story unfold. And to those disappointed - I wouldn't discount the possibly just yet. After all, we have 2 more films ahead of us, with lots of opportunities for new themes and completely original material. So there's loveliness ahead for all of us! But I thought it was beautiful - the Misty Mountains theme is totally awesome - I'll be singing it for days. Beautiful work from Howard Shore once more!!<3

The special effects...they were really good. There were a couple of times that they weren't great. But they were never BAD, and that's good enough for me. I can understand why they're using more CGI, and it doesn't look bad...but hopefully in the next two it'll be more of an even blend between actual physical props and CGI, because it just seems more life-like that way.

And lastly, I'd like to thank everyone in these films!! The vision of Middle-earth is exactly how I pictured it - it's like seeing it float off the page before my very eyes. If the movie had come directly out if my head as I imagined it while reading the book, it would have looked like this. I love how purely and beautifully Middle-earth was adapted to screen. This new journey has brought me so much joy, and I can't wait to see it again...and again and again!
Happy Hobbit to everyone!!!!!<3

The Ratings
The Other Ratings
Martin Freeman 's performance as Bilbo Baggins?
Richard Armitage 's performance as Thorin?
The Overall representation of The Dwarves ?
Andy Serkis' performance as Gollum?
Ian McKellen's performance as Gandalf?
Bilbo's retelling of the history of Erebor and of Thror/Thrain/Thorin
The Eagles rescue sequence?
The Goblin King ?
Initial impression of Thranduil?
Hugo Weaving's performance as Elrond?
Radagast's portrayal in the movie?
The representation of Goblintown?
Cate Blanchett's performance as Galadriel?
The Bag End Supper scene?
The scene of the Trolls?
The representation of the Arkenstone?
The Stone Giants?
Escape from the Goblin cave?
Riddles in the Dark scene?
The return to Rivendell?
The attack on the party by the Wargs
The first glimpses of Smaug?
The ending of the movie; in regards to leading well into the next film, and serving as a good ending point.
The overall pace of the film
Peter Jackson's vision in bringing the Hobbit to the big screen.

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