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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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66, Eugene, OR
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-25
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Wow! Bring your ear plugs! This wonderful story has fallen prey to the notion that unless a movie bursts your ear drums and flashes like a strobe light it's just no good. It can't imagine actually relying on a plot, dialogue and a fine script to interest the masses. It must look like a wild video game and sound like being in the middle of a battle with the bombs bursting in air. Sigh. I guess this is the future of movie-making. We can't decide it's a good and thrilling move. It has to be forced down our throats and the wax blown out of our ears and our eyes dazzled for us to decide that.
Oh, Well. It's still worth going to see expecially if you are of the generation that thinks it's boring if you don't come away with a big headache. Get used to it, older people, this is the future.
But what a great story! That's even with the changes to make the great Tolkein story "better". When the actors are allowed to act, they are very good. When there is some dialogue we can hear, it is fine, if a bit pompous at times. Relax and enjoy yourself. Stagger out, go home and have a stiff dring. You've got to see it on the "big screen." Then see it later at home. It won't blow you away. and you can enjoy the story and the wild special effects. Go for it!

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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