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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-19
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I now have a new appreciation for Dwarves. The introductory scene about the destruction of Erebor and Dale by Smaug was stunning. I also appreciated the tie-in with Lord of the Rings, showing what Bilbo and Frodo were up to right before they came into the story in Fellowship of the Ring and, of course, Sir Ian Holm's narration, "In a hole in the ground..." was very welcome.
Actually, I loved that so many lines from the book were in the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the “crack the plates” song and the Dwarves singing their “Over the Misty Mountains” song.

Martin Freeman is the perfect Bilbo. He is an excellent actor. His facial expressions, body language, and tones of voice were always spot-on. The Riddles in the Dark scene was particularly good. The other Sir Ian (McKellan) is the perfect Gandalf he has always been. I particularly liked Hugo Weaving’s Elrond in this. He looked as elegant as always and I loved seeing him out hunting Orc.

The Dwarves were good, too. Richard Armitage was an amazing Thorin. “There is one I would follow,” indeed. Kili, Balin, and Bofur were my favorites aside from Thorin. I noticed the little moments between Thorin and his nephews.

The movie was stunning to look at, from costumes to scenery to effects. My mother, who saw the movie with me, said she thought the CGI was better than in the Lord of the Rings movies. I kind of missed the real actors in prosthetics you had so often in the Lord of the Rings movies, which brings me to my little nitpicks.

I didn’t care for the whole Azog thing. They had enough trouble with Goblins coming already and they had the Troll scene. I did like the troll scene and had no problems with how that went down, though it would have been nice if Galdalf had finished in line, “...and be stone to you.” I even liked how Bilbo came to Thorin’s aid at the end there but there was too much Azog. It could’ve been Goblins from the mountain on the Wargs, as it was in the book.

I also didn’t care for Radagast at first. Really, the bird poop down the side of his face was silly. However, I didn’t mind him as much on the second viewing.

Anyway, it was a beautiful movie. Howard Shore’s score definitely sang me home. I've seen it twice so far, once in 3D and once in 2D. I believe both were at regular speed.

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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