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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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37, Antioch
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-20
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

This film had it all. There were scenes that felt like they had been taken straight out of my brain; scenes I had imagined for years.

I went with my family to see it in 2D at 24 fps. I wanted to prevent any possible distractions for my first viewing! Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed at all! Peter Jackson and his creative team have really done it again.

From the first scenes with Ian Holm and Elijah Wood in Bag End, I knew I would be in for a great ride. I love how Jackson just makes you feel like you're home in these scenes. Erebor was mind-blowing. My jaw was on the floor before I even got through the prologue! Ian McKellen as Gandalf played these scenes with all the perfection and grace that we've come to expect from this fine actor.

The dwarves in Bag End were fantastic. The Misty Mountains song still gives me chills no matter how many times I hear it. Richard Armitage is simply amazing in these scenes. He fits the role so well. Ken Stott as Balin is one of my favorite characters as well. I can see serious discussions in the future films between Balin and Thorin, especially concerning the 'sickness' of greed that runs in Thorin's veins. Superbly acted.

The scene in the Trollshaws where Balin is telling of The Battle of Asanulbizar and Azog the Defiler were beyond what I imagined. What a great way to help set up the character of Thorin!

I loved the trolls. Watching that whole scene play out and then seeing the trolls turn to stone and freeze in the exact same poses from FOTR was a nice treat. Martin Freeman is superb as Bilbo. He was my first choice for Bilbo way back when we were all speculating about casting decisions on!

Sylvester McCoy was a nice touch to add to the film as Radagast the Brown. He is a lovable character and I think he will be a favorite for a lot of folks. Who doesn't love a guy that loves animals? Dol Guldur was terrifying and I like the addition of the finding of the Morgul Blade. Sometimes, things work great in the book but don't necessarily work when adapting to the book to film; that's why I think it makes sense to do use the Morgul Blade as a plot device.

The White Council scenes were fantastic and flowed really well. Christopher Lee seemed like he had never left the character of Saruman. Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving were pitch-perfect as well.

Goblin-town was simply spectacular. Probably my favorite set in the whole film. It felt like you were inside the home of an ant colony! Barry Humphries as the Goblin-King was a bit different than I expected, a bit larger maybe, but ultimately refreshing and interesting. The riddles in the dark scene with Bilbo and Gollum is a scene that will be talked about for a very long, long, time. Andy Serkis stepped back into the role with fervor and Gollum's intensity is felt immediately.

The warg designs were far better this time. They seemed more vicious and frightening to me. I like that Jackson deviated from the book and kept Azog alive because I just think that it would be too confusing for some folks to understand who Azog was, why he was important, and that his son Bolg was out to avenge his death if he was killed in the prologue. We are already dealing with several villains as it is.

In conclusion, I truly loved this film and can't wait to see it again in other formats! I have two young boys that are the perfect age to grow with these films! It's going to be quite an adventure experiencing these films along with them.

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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