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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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29, Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Date Posted: 2012-12-26
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

This film was brilliant. From the thirteen dwarves, to the Goblin King, from Hobbiton to Rivendell, from Bilbo to Radagast, everything was done exceptionally. I remember feeling a shiver down my spine when the Dwarves began to sing 'Under the mountain', thinking back to when I'd first read The Hobbit, comparing how the song sounded in my head to how it sounded in the film. I'm glad to say, that my younger self's interpretation of the lyrics was not far off the film's.

As I'm no film critic, I don't feel as though I have licence to 'criticise' the film as such, but perhaps, if I were to share a few personal 'points of interest' from the film, you might be able to form your own opinion of the film with more ease.

The Dwarves, charming as they were, weren't developed enough. Maybe Jackson is saving it for The Desolation Of Smaug, out next year, or maybe it was just an oversight. The only Dwarf who I think was really done justice was Balin, with Kili and Fili effectively taking over the cartoonish roles of Merry and Pippin in The Lord Of The Rings Film trilogy, and Ori just being used as a ladder for the kids. I did however, really like how Thorin was played, with Richard Armitage really putting across this image of a battle hardened and shadowy figure, who is a competent leader, but prefers to command through actions, not words. This did the character of Thorin great justice, as I imagined him in exactly the same way when reading the book.

Gollum's effects have been taken up a notch as well, considering how fantastic he looked the last time. He is shown making the famous "Gollum" sound, for which he is named, and Riddles In The Dark (A beloved chapter of mine within the book) is done brilliantly.

This film, aside from capturing the spirit of the book, managed to actually portray Middle Earth better than The Lord Of The Rings Film Trilogy, which, although awesome, could fall short at times, especially when going in the lore of Tolkiens world. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey however, puts across that sense of scale and diversity really well. Stone giants, Trolls, Hobbits, Goblins, Orcs, Dwarves, Elves, Eagles and Men are all done really well (I do prefer The Lord Of The Rings Film Trilogy Orcs to the Hobbit's Orcs, as the CGI seemed out of place, especially when the costumed Orcs had worked so well before.

All in all, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a fantastic film, with a couple of cheeky nods to Tolkien's works (The two blue wizards; Gandalf forgets their names, referencing the debate over their names within Tolkien's other works), and a tantalising glimpse of Smaug at the end of the film, it certainly does not disappoint. I am looking forward to the next to films in the Trilogy (The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) and There And Back Again (2014)), and hope to see more epic adaptations of the beautiful world that Tolkien created. All we need after this trilogy is complete is an adaptation of the adventures of Tom Bombadil.

If you have seen the film see it again. if you haven't go and see it, it's worth 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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