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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

After waiting with great anticipation for The Hobbit, I was utterly stunned at the Midnight Premier by the movie's cinematographic and theatrical achievement. The film brings you back to the amazing world of Middle Earth in the first few seconds, and then expands to show previously unseen aspects of it (as well as new parts of New Zealand). In terms of plot/screenplay, there were a few things that were slightly "off." In various parts of the movie, all of the dwarves should have been dead, whether it was from a 200 foot drop onto solid rock or the inability to jump from tree to tree. Also, the addition of the "White Orc" was slightly disconcerting, as he neither looked or felt like the orcs we have grown to know and love. Lastly, (and a very minor point) Kili shouldn't be "cooler" than both Legolas and Aragorn, with his archery skills and his ability to bat away arrows mid-flight (a privilege solely given to Aragorn in his fight with Lurtz). In general, however, the acting was amazing (especially that of Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage), the vistas were beautiful and the high-frame rate was not disconcerting in the least. All-in-all, this was an amazing achievement and a movie that people will love for decades to come.

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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