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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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TheaterNation CJ

35, Memphis
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The Hobbit has been my favorite story since the age of seven when my father bought me the unabridged book on cassette at Christmas. I listened to those tapes until they were totally stretched out. Strangely enough I just purchased the same recording for MY son to give to him this Christmas, this time on CD.

I have read the book no less than a dozen times. In short, it is my favorite story of all time.

So, how would Peter Jackson's attempt to film the movie I've been dreaming for 28 years go? In a word: fantastic.

I knew what I would see in Bag End. I knew what Riddles would be like. I knew all of the "typical Hobbit stuff" would be in there and it all delivered. What I was most skeptical of was all of this extra material I kept hearing about. I can say with certainty that I was not at all miffed about The White Council, Dol Goldur, and Azog scenes. I thought they were well done and helped push the story rather than the complaints of many that those things made it drag.

I think Martin Freeman was brilliant and this is the role he was born to play. Mr. Serkis was back in full force as Gollum. Overall the acting was great though I did feel that some of the dwarves got lost in the shuffle simply from lack of speaking roles.

I plan on seeing the film at least two more times in different formats.

Thanks PJ and everyone else for helping me finally see The Hobbit on the big screen.


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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