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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Sammy R.

United States

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

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is an excellent fantasy adventure. Martin Freeman's performance as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen's performance as Gandalf the Grey were particularly outstanding, capturing the essence of each character. While I was opposed at first to the introduction of the Azog subplot, I came to enjoy it as a fun and exciting way to give the film a sense of urgency. All the landscapes and locations were wonderfully designed ( my favorite was Goblin Town-it really evoked the Isengard pits image). While Radagast the Brown is a tolerable character, his antics are slightly too silly at times and the rabbit sled and bird poop plastered on his head were a bit too much. I enjoyed the performances of Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, and Christopher Lee in the White Council, though I hoped for development of the Necromancer subplot. I chose to see the film in the new 48 fps format. Although I didn't enjoy this format (I never really felt at home in the film), a good friend of mine absolutely loved it. It seems that when it comes to 48 fps, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Overall, the Hobbit: An Unexepcted Journey is a wonderful film and is a great introduction to the world of Middle-Earth for any new viewer.

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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