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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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41, Melbourne

Date Posted: 2012-12-19
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I was very much hoping that this would be as good as the LOTR trilogy however I have to say I was disappointed. All of the elements were there apart from the screenplay which I feel lets the movie down a great deal. There were a few scenes that were simply not necessary, such as the warg chase before Rivendell. This scene was poorly set up and was more comical than anything else. People have been saying it takes too long to get going but I enjoyed the slow build up. Where the movie lets itself down are the action scenes. These are too repetitive and rarely do you feel like the characters are in real danger, even when they are faced with what should be deadly situations. Some of this has something to do with the choice of the CG enemies. They just don't have the weight and menace of the 'guys in suits' from the first trilogy.

I'm looking forward to seeing the film at the normal frame rate as 48fps adds little and is too distracting. I'm hoping this will smooth out the kinks and I'll be able to slip into middle earth more easily.

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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