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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The movie was FANTASTIC! Though I only first watched it in 2D 24fps...I was engaged throughout the movie. Especially the last hour or so! It really picked up and left the audience with an extremely dynamic ending! I loved every single aspect of it...though:

This is a small complaint. There was a bit too much CGI. Compared to most fantasy movies...the CGI in The Hobbit was pretty realistic. But I found myself being distracted with the amount of CGI (especially in the beginning scene with Erebor). I understand that Peter Jackson had less technology to work with for The Lord of the Rings...but that kind of worked to an advantage. He was forced to use detailed miniatures for the large settings. The miniatures used for LOTR looked more realistic than the CGI settings used for The Hobbit. The Mirkwood elves overlooking the burning Erebor looked particularly fake...I was hoping for them to look real like Theoden and his army on the hill above Minas Tirith.

Besides the CGI thing...the movie was simply amazing. I'm watching it 3 times this weekend and hope to add on to that number over the next month or two! :)

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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