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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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21, Columbia
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-21
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Having seen the film in both the standard 24fps and the 3D 48fps, I can honestly say this movie is a real treat. The Hobbit has been my favorite book for half of my lifetime since I first read it in the seventh grade, and seeing the book fully realized under Peter Jackson's vision was a dream come true. He is one director that I would trust with anything and his decision to make the small book into a trilogy never seemed like a bad idea to me. After seeing the film, I fully support this decision. The extended prologue of the dwarves was great, and the scene between Bilbo and Frodo worked fantastically to tie the film into what fans have come to love in LotR. Taking an hour to get through the first chapter of the book really helped show Bilbo's character development to a simple hobbit and give him reason to leave his hobbit hole. The Took side of him is slowly revealed, but nonetheless provides deeper motivation that was briefly done in the book. Azog's larger role in the movie was a strong decision that benefited the film. The Hobbit was very different from LotR in the sense that there was no impending doom, but bringing a character that was briefly mentioned in the book and giving him a larger role served to put a sense of urgency that would have been lacking. Also, the Necromancer side plot seems to be developing nicely. Howard Shore once again creates a masterful score. My one concern with the make-up would be Sauraman's beard in Rivendell, which is simply atrocious. Otherwise loved the film.

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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