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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-22
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

It's an amazing movie in it's own right. It fit's the way the hobbit should fit in the 6 movies in total. Enough similarities to the Middle Earth setting to be coherent, yet a bit lighter of tone and fuller of (warmer) colors and to my feeling more computer graphics in the scenes then at least compared to FOTR, probably not compared to ROTK, but to me it was not a distraction.
There are some minor flunky scenes (probably done in a rush) like Radagast on his rabbit sledge with the Wargs on the fields in the distance, but we also tend to forget similar kind of minor flaws in the LOTR movies (you tend to only remember the good scenes over time).
Maybe they patch those scenes for the Special Edition Extended DVD :)

Anyway totally enjoyable and recommendable movie. Great scenes about the history of how Smaug raided Erebor and how the dwarves lived there prior to that.
I am sure Weta, the sound department, Benedict Cumberbarch and Peter and the rest of the crew will make Smaug THE dragon of all dragons. Hopefully we will all sit in the theater next year experiencing dragon fear ;)

About my scores. Maybe not all of them are full '5' but at least 4.5 (so rounded up).

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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