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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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30, Pocatello
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a great ride back into Middle Earth. I was not expecting this to be just another Lord Of The Rings style movie and Peter Jackson did a wonderful job portraying his view of the first part of this story in a unique way while leaving no doubt that this is Tolkien. Despite a few straying scenes away from the original story anyone familiar with the story would agree that all in all it followed the plot of the book well.
The only real criticisms I have for the film is the CGI, some of it seemed out of place and I think some make up would have been a better fit. The Goblin king to me seemed out of place and did not blend cohesively with other successful animated characters of the film like Gollum.
Something else that seemed out of place was costumes. All in all it was a job well done but some things just stood out and looked weird no matter how many times I saw it (Bofurs hat!). All said I really liked this movie and will watch it many many times to come. I cannot wait to see the rest!

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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