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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Bailey J.

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

As a fan of Professor Tolkien's classic "The Hobbit" and a lover of P. Jackson's previous three films of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I enjoyed The Hobbit An Expected Journey. There are many key things that Jackson did to the original novel that made it exceptional. The music composed by the wonderful Howard Shore included beloved songs from the Lord of the Rings along with many twists that portray the dwarven company fittingly. The costumes that were worn by the dwarves, elves, hobbits, and various other inhabitants of Tolkien's Middle Earth were accurate to the culture that is known about the races along with the established dress of peoples in the Lord of the Rings. The special effects show that the men and women in that dept. worked long and hard. The CGI characters and settings looked realistic and in 3D i thought I could reach out and touch the Stone Giants or the magnificent eagles. The screenplay and scripting was appropriate, as dialogue was ripped straight from the book.
Overall, Peter Jackson may have outdone himself, from hoards of Orcs clashing with Dwarven soldiers led by a beautifully portrayed Thorin by Richard Armitage to a lively Dale that is quickly reduced to asked by an unseen terror. The directing, acting, cinematography and music are what stood out to me the most. Not just as a massive Tolkien fan, but a fan of movies in general, I think that the Hobbit An Unexpected Journey was family oriented movie to contend with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and may usurp its 21 Oscars between the three coming home with even more.

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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