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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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15, Edmonton

Date Posted: 2012-12-26
Tolkien Fan Level: 10
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I have to say that this movie was the best I have seen in a long time, next to The Lord of The Rings itself.
Peter Jackson visibly put great effort into directing The Hobbit. On the way to watching, I was nervous, due to the many negative reviews of various critics. But after viewing, I realized I was wrong - P.J. has truly brought us back to Middle-Earth.
I especially enjoyed Andy Serkis' stunning (as usual) performance as his alter-ego, Smeagol/Gollum. Gollum himself was more lifelike in The Hobbit than in The Lord of The Rings. The scene where he was furious after losing the Ring was absolutely awesome.
Also, the humor injected into numerous scenes gives the movie a lighter and less serious tone than The Lord of The Rings, which was essentially a good thing. This Quest is not about saving the world, it's just about a group of dwarves trying to reclaim their homeland.
As good as The Lord of The Rings? I wouldn't say that, but extremely close. 4 and a half stars.

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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