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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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28, Raleigh, NC
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-21
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The Hobbit for me was a sort of coming home party. With the original trilogy
I had gotten so used to that EPIC scale landscape cinematography and battle scenes, that anything not up to par with that would've been disgraceful. But going in, I had to keep telling myself this ISN'T lord of the rings. Its a different story, a different mood, and a different time in Middle-earth. I loved for the most part the acting and companionship of the dwarves. Richard Armitage made a great Thorin, and they couldn't have found a more perfect Bilbo, in Martin Freeman. He absolutely killed it, his mannerisms and attitude were perfection. I think Howard Shore made another amazing soundtrack and was just under his excellence with the LOTR films. But I keep in mind this is only the first film of 3. So we have plenty more to go, which makes me so excited for the future. Radagast and his bunny sled was sooo great. Weta and the team always come up with new and creative ways of characters interacting with obstacles and challenges. The eagles, stone trolls, wargs, and goblins were very cool and interesting. Although I would have liked to see more close-up shots of practical creatures, for the most part the CG was fantastic. As a complete film, the hobbit exceeded my expectations and deserves a high rating from loyal Tolkien fans. I just can't wait until the desolation of Smaug comes out. Its gotten my Middle-earth blood pumping once again. And what a great feeling it is!!!!

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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