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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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55, Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-14
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

While this movie looks great, especially Bag End and Gollum, it, sadly, is mostly s triumph of form over content.

I have mixed feelings about the 48 frames per second. In some contexts, especially Bag End, the early Hobbiton scenes and Gollum, it was fantastic. But, at other times, especially over overhead shots of Hobbiton and the orc kingdom, and in the battle scenes, everything looked like a big video game rather than a movie.

I liked the opening with a discussion of the dwarf wars, but the dwarves visit ran way too long. While the book The Hobbit, really never seems to struggle much with the "is this a kid's book or an adult book?" the movie struggles with this problem constantly. Some of the dwarves have reasonably lifelike make-up, but a few of them look like they've walked out of a cartoon. Ditto the Goblin King and Radagast. There are some fairly disgusting things in the movie, some of which a kid might enjoy, but other things that are really disturbing.

So, generally, it was a disappointment.

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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