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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-27
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

Arrrgh, arrgh, once again the dreaded curse of editing strikes these films! While I will happily worship at the shrine of Weta Workshop (patron saints Alan Lee and John Howe), whoever edits these films needed a swift kick in the pants.

The pivotal Riddles in the Dark scene was not allowed to play out to its full conclusion before cutting back to the dwarfs. Cut should have come after Bilbo discovered the ring#s invisibility power. However, it was at least better than the dreadful, dreadful editing of Theoden's death in RotK.

My main problem in this film was the Bag End scenes - an average of 3 - 5 seconds should have been lopped off each shot. It would have made the whole scene much snappier and allowed the humorous dialogue to zing off the screen, rather than lumber as it did (camomile tea, red wine interchange? That should have been and gone in five seconds, not thirty).

It's unfortunate that the script-writing team are not natural comedy writers. The attempts at humour amid dark seriousness comes across not as tension-breaking light relief, but as awkward interjections that make you wonder what tone the film was going for. In the cinema I was in only one line got a laugh - Bilbo's 'Fair enough' to being eaten. And that had been endlessly trailed. These guys are much, much better at tension scenes.

The above makes it sound like I didn't enjoy it. I did, but I just mourn that it could have been better with just a few little tweaks. Such a small difference. But I could nitpick for days. As with the original films, the overall impression is very favourable, it's only when I start to look in-depth that I notice the problems.

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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