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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-19
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

Walking into the theater I could not help but feel trepidation. It had been over nine years since the Return of the King, nine years since I had seen Middle-earth on the big screen. Well I am happy to say the wait was worth it.

Was the film perfect? No. It has pacing issues, some of the CGI looked unfinished, and it felt as if the film could lose Radagast, Frodo and Azog and be a better film for it. Still, I could not help but enjoy myself.

Freeman's Bilbo was all I could hope for and more. Gandalf was Gandalf once again and the company of dwarves were a lot a fun (especially Bofur). It was Richard Armitage's Thorin Oakenshield however, that truly won me over. His pride, his stubbornness, his hint of shame and his everlasting need to right the wrongs done to his people. When he charged down that tree I believed he could win. It is no wonder he has such devoted followers.

In the end, the film put a smile on my face from the start that did not leave my face until a few hours after I had walked out of the theater. I don't think there is much more one could ask for.

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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