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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is an excellent film, although not as good as the orignal LOTR. However, comparisons between the two are unnecessary, as they are two seperate films. I thought it was a very well-done movie, and enjoyed the lighter tone, but disliked the potty jokes and the unrealistic comedy. For instance, the Goblin King was a terrible attempt to humorize something unfunny. He should have been creepy, fat and disgusting, but he came across as a Shakespearean villian along the lines of an evil Falstaff. The addition of Azog was good, but he did not seem overly intelligent or scary. The creation of a villian for Thorin was smart, but the execution of that villian flopped, with Azog not seeming frightening like Lurtz or well- animated. All in all, The Hobbit: AUJ appears to be a good first step in what looks to be an excellent, if incomparable trilogy.

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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