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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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19, Prestatyn
United Kingdom

Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

A decade ago J.R.R Tolkien's Middle Earth took our world by storm. Creating, entertainment, memory and even culture. The Lord of the Rings as a trilogy, not only did it grab seventeen academy awards and became one of the top grossing trilogy's of our time, it created a milestone in history. Introducing new technology, again new cultures and even new languages, it was truly one of the greatest creations of our time.

Now ten years later, it has a successor, although it is a prequel.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, having taken approximately two years to come together, hit cinemas.

The film had followed the book rather well, adding a few bits of the appendices, here and there, giving more to the fans than they probably deserve. Obviously there had been a few changes, but to be honest, what film actually follows it book, word by word?

Special effects, cinematography and editing were absolutely fantastic. One scene in particular caught my eye within the misty mountains.

Movie scores once again, gifted the film with their beauty, their power and ferocity. Using old, new and altering some of the original, slightly.

The films use of songs and tales, gave a warm glow within the walls of the cinema, something that wasn't used enough in the LOTR.

Character and cast wise, the newbie’s were brilliant, a well defined cast, wit the characteristics of an everyday family. Stunning performances from the likes of Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Sylvester McCoy. Stars in the making.

With the newbie’s making amazing contribution to the film. Unfortunately I must admit, the originals from LOTR had not made the same impression as they did in the other trilogy. I feel that they felt a bit too comfortable with their roles. I think at times, they were basic, corny and effortless as if they were told what to say five minutes before hand. Though at times they were as expected, but only at times.

Gandalf on the other hand did display more panache with his ability.

The goblins and its other villains, have most definitely evolved since LOTR, but this is the past not the future, the villains looked too much more differently than they did in LOTR. They shouldn't have been changed. Although, the three trolls were brilliantly hilarious.

With the film itself, I believe it was made a little too comical, although it is a children’s narrative, I don’t think the film has been taken seriously enough, not balanced enough between seriousness and comedy.

I felt that with the original cast, the evolution in villain and the comedy, the LOTR feeling has faded a little and for a film based before the LOTR, it shouldn't have changed so dramatically.

Although I do think the first half was very good, the Gollum scene onwards was absolutely incredible, I cant express enough of how i felt from that point. I don’t think its ending could have been any better.

Though after watching it a second time, I was able to understand the characters more, I enjoyed it more.

Yes the film did have its negatives, but not enough negatives to overcome its positives. Peter Jackson has still done it once again. Definitely the best film this year. Like the LOTR, I feel it will get better as the trilogy goes on, with more emotion and hopefully a little less comedy; it will become yet another milestone in history.

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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