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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 1
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Jackson and Company have done it once again with this remarkable interpretation of Tolkien's classic work, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. The film is a technical tour de force and is widely being characterized as a 'game changer' for its technological brilliance, particularly with respect to the high frame-rate format. The filmmakers took great pains to create a film that would inspire any audience--Tolkien purists and the uninitiated alike will appreciate the story of the reluctant Bilbo Baggins and his adventure with a hardened band of dwarves. To this effect Howard Shore's score plays a significant role; his music is a perfect blend of old and new, though it's all beautiful to listen to. Solid visual and aural effects seal the deal. Some have made remarks against the films pacing. This reviewer has little criticism to offer with respect to that, though some scenes may feel a tad too slow to some (a Warg chase comes to mind). In all, it's a breathtaking film that leaves us madly anticipating the next installment.

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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