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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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23, Cornwall

Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

One for the fans, not for the critics

This isn't a movie that's going for gold. It's not trying to better the success of The Lord of the Rings, it's not even trying to equal it. An Unexpected Journey is simply here to celebrate it and in that it more than succeeds. It may have a few awkward or cheesy moments, and some say it drags in parts(although for me the time flew by!), but overall it's about having fun and rediscovering (or, for some, discovering) Middle-earth. The level of fun and nostalgia this movie offers is enough to keep any fan engaged, old or new.

The future installments are likely to turn much more serious and much more dark, and that's when I think we'll see a movie with the potential to live-up to the original trilogy. But as an introduction, this movie hits its mark with just the right atmosphere. It's fast, it's fun and it's over-the-top.

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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