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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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31, Den Haag

Date Posted: 2012-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The Hobbit "An unexpected journey" was one of those movies I was really excited about, the moment it was announced.
Especially when the news broke out that Peter Jackson himself was returning to the directors seat.

It would have been interesting to see the vision of Guillermo del Toro, but I think that returning the project to Peter Jackson and his team is actually the only right way to make all of this consistent and worthy.

It is also a very comforting thought that this movie project is in the hands of a team who know the source material from the inside out.
The sheer amount of research that went into the pre production of LOTR really paid off in this production. And even though the Hobbit is quite a different tale, with a very different premise, the story, and it's significance within the entire scope of the history of Middle Earth is worthy of the same thorough treatment.

It was just like anticipating "The Two Towers" and "Return of the King" all over again, which is kind of special, since that feeling of anticipation hasn't happened to me in ten years.
I remember being skeptical

I consider myself quite a fan of J.R.R Tolkien' written works, so like the LOTR movies I was of course aware of the plot and storyline, before I ever saw the movie.

So the 15th of December me and a couple of friends were finally able to see it in its intended 48 FPS IMAX 3D format.
So how was that ?

Well having gained a bit of knowledge on film technology over the years from a hobby perspective, I've never really been that much into the entire 3D hype. Beowulf and Avatar have been respectable efforts, achieving quite a lot of the aimed effect, but other than that, movies just haven't been able to impress me. This is also because most movies simply aren't made with 3D in mind, and the effect is added in post production. More often than not the end result is a murky, blurry looking picture where a lot of color and detail is lost/wasted.

The Hobbit however is very different.
I think it looked amazing ! I'm not trying to gush this movie like an overly obsessed fanboy, but honestly this was the best looking 3D film I've seen so far.
The image is crisp, colorful, and there is a fluidity and fidelity you simply have not seen before.
The effect works so well, that sometimes there is a feeling you could just walk through the movie screen right into the world.
That said, I am aware that not all cinemas support this format yet, and for the 3D to work, you really should watch it in 48 FPS. If it is 24 FPS in your cinema I recommend seeing the movie in 2D, simply because much of the detail gets lost in 24 FPS, which makes the 3D experience a very blurry one.

I'm not planning on going into the story to much, since people either already know things, or otherwise get spoiled which is certainly not my intention.
What I do want to say though, is that I think the movie is adapted very well.
The common criticism on the internet that this movie is padded with useless extra material is just nonsense written out of ignorance about the story and world of Tolkien in general.
The Hobbit takes place in a time where things are starting to change in the world, and this is not necessarily for the better. The tone of the movie at the start is lighthearted but things quickly get more serious.
Tolkien wrote an elaborate history concerning all of these events in both appendixes that were with “The return of the King” book, and also “The unfinished tales”.
Peter Jackson just takes these works, and adepts all of it to the big screen, giving us a very complete telling of the tale.
So in short, I recommend this movie, for it has not been a disappointment.
On the contrary !
It is a masterpiece of a movie, giving us a lot to look forward to, and personally I can't wait for it's extended edition. It also made me very eager for the next chapter in the saga thats going to hit us next year.
This movie has some great acting, beautiful camera work, beautiful music, and well written scenes.
It is a nice start of a new movie trilogy, and I'm very happy that more of this goodness is on it's way !

Cheers to you all


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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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