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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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James Flanagan

17, Vicksburg
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? No

The Hobbit. The most anticipated movie of my whole life, finally actually happening! I saw it at midnight in IMAX 3D and the question remains... is it any good?

The answer is a resounding YES! Many reviews say it got off to a slow start. I, on the other hand, thought just about everything up to the end of the unexpected party was perfect. It was compelling, funny, and introduced all the important characters perfectly.
The costume designs for the dwarfs is exceptional. Which each one looking distinctively different.
As with the Lord of the Rings, almost all the casting was spot on. And Andy Serkis does a stunning returning as Gollum.

There are a few downsides. The score doesn't have as much exceptional new music as I would of hoped. And the whole sdie-plot with Azog may of had to much of a focus...though I'll reserve my judgement with that until I see what they do with it in the second and third movies.

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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