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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? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure" is a film to recommend, definitely. It is overall an excellent film; the execution is nothing short of amazing. I remember being so excited for the release; I was not disappointed. As a child, I grew up in Tolkien's world; and after a decade, I was very happy to return "home" to Middle Earth on December 14th. I am glad to say that Middle Earth was the same as it was during my childhood - and perhaps more interesting, even.
The entire experience was just absolutely spell-binding. I was on the edge of my seat during the whole film; all the aspects of "The Hobbit" just make it absolutely magical and authentic in its portrayal of the Tolkien world. The soundtrack was particularly engrossing; I could not stop myself from humming along to the dwarves' chanting, or keep myself from swaying to the background tracks. The music was distinctly Middle-Earth and exceptionally beautiful. If only more of the dwarf songs were sung in the movie!! The locations and landscapes utilized in the movie were also very impressive. In fact, it is so well-done that my friends and I plan to build our own hobbit hole in New Zealand! The detail of the set and the suitability of the landscapes were very convincing. Also, I was very much impressed with the makeup work of the cast; especially the dwarves' beards. The levels of intricacy and originality in the beards are spectacular; I cannot take my eyes off them. The costume in general is amazing and authentic. After seeing the film, several of my friends intend to grow beards and wear chain mail!
However, the film does not quite follow the text exactly. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" seems to spawn from Chapter 1 to Chapter 6 of the original novel - but there were some scenes in the film that were not in these chapters, and some details in the book were altered in the film. For example, some differences include the color of Kili's beard, the length of Thorin's beard, et cetera. The changes done to the dialogue and action were quite noticeable as well, though it does make the film appeal to a more diverse audience. In general, the differences do not affect the quality of the film greatly, and are mostly justified. I do find these differences intriguing when comparing the book and film, as well. However the ending of the film was very shocking and sudden. It created a very strong and cruel cliffhanger. It created a slightly incomplete sensation towards the end of the film, and I was loath to leave the cinema without figuring out what the producers had in mind for the rest of the story. On the other hand, the cliffhanger did make us (the audience) more anticipant for the next parts of the film series. It was just very anguishing and surprising at first; it was also slightly confusing.
Though, all in all, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is a spectacular gem; brilliant enough for even Smaug's dazzling hoard. It is perhaps not perfect in some eyes, but it is an applaudable feat in filmmaking; especially since the filmmakers had to deal with 13 dwarves. I will be looking forward to seeing this film again in 3D this weekend once more. Thank you Mr. Jackson for bringing Middle Earth to us once again!! I cannot wait for the next films in the series! Absolutely fascinating and surrealistically beautiful!

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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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