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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Nicole P.

Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 10
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey certainly did not fail to exceed all expectations! I had been looking forward to this film for years now, and was fully expecting the absolute best from Peter Jackson and the team. Even the reviews of some critics could not shake my adamant belief that they had again captured the magic of Tolkien's great mythos. From the first few opening moments in the Shire, a moment I had thought might never happen, I knew that Peter Jackson and his team had again brought the world of Middle Earth to life in great and caring detail. I was able to return to Middle Earth with ease and felt like I had been reunited with an old friend. The casting and acting was superb, the script recognizably Tolkien's work, and, in short, nothing about the film was less than I expected from those involved: pure brilliance. The performances given by Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage were nothing short of perfect. Being familiar with these actors from many other films, they all delivered the stellar performances I expected from them. As I find myself eagerly anticipating my return to the theatre to view the film for a third time, I must admit that, despite the fact that I loved The Hobbit, there were a few things I would wish slightly different. I would have liked to see a bit more of the Eagles and have some dialogue from them. Also, I would have like the Goblins to be a little less obviously CGI at times. There were a few other minor discrepancies that I noticed, as there were in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but overall, I cannot deny that Peter Jackson and his dedicated team have again produced a masterpiece!

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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