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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


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Dani

16, Sacramento
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
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To be honest, after seeing the Hobbit I don’t think the movie did justice to the book at all. Don’t get me wrong it was good and totally worth waiting in line for 9 hours, but there are some things that PJ did in the movie that weren’t in the book that I just don’t understand. I was really looking forward to the part where Gandalf mimics the trolls to keep them busy until the sun comes up and turns them into stone but he left that out (its not important but I was looking forward to it) and also when the company is in the trees to escape the goblins and Thorin is about to be decapitated and Bilbo rescues him, that did not happen! I’m guessing PJ added that into the story line because supposedly he is adding a female role (legolas’s sister) to free the dwarves from the wood elves prison (I'm still not clear on if this is true or not) and that's when the dwarves first started to respect Bilbo. In the movie Thorin started to appreciate Bilbo when he saved him from being beheaded (again that entire scene didn’t happen in the book) but that's just my assumption if any of this has made sense at all?

Also when I was reading the book I was picturing all the dwarves looking similar to Gimli, and then there’s Fili, Kili,and Thorin who are way too fricken attractive to be dwarves, although all the other dwarves looked similar to how I felt Tolkien described them (I still really like Fili, Kili and Thorin)

Also I understand that there are a lot of parts in the book that they need to use CGI to make into film, but I feel like they relied too much on the CGI and a lot of parts of the movie looked almost like a cartoon to me.

Don’t get me wrong I still really enjoyed the Hobbit and it was definitely way worth the wait and I’m excited for the next part, but since the LOTR tril. was pretty accurate to the book and Gimli actually looks like a dwarf, and PJ didn’t add female roles (although he exaggerated some female roles) to replace big moments for a main character I might have had my expectations a bit too high.

Again I really liked the movie and it was well worth the wait, but I think I was expecting something a little better.

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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