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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Esra Çolak -earwenien-

Date Posted: 2012-12-28
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Turning to a never-ending story because of the uncertainity about directors and delays due to legal actions, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is now in theatres!
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy movie adaptations by the director Peter Jackson gained a big success. This time, Peter Jackson and his crew bring the audience together with “The Hobbit” which tells a story 60 years before The Lord of the Rings and it is actually a prologue to the trilogy.
The movie was filmed with RED Epic cameras in 3D and with 4k definition which has four times more resolution than High Definition technology.It is the first film in the world that was filmed by using High Frame Rate 48 frames per second technology. Because of being two times faster than standard 24 fps, this technology creates more life-like effects. That’s why James Cameron was one of the people who watched the film in the very first place in New Zealand world premiere, since he has been also thinking about filming Avatar sequel in higher frame rate than standard 24 fps. This new technology we have just met had some positive reactions for being more life-like which makes you feel like you are living the moments rather than just watching the scenes and it had some negative reactions for being too much life-like that extinguishes fantasy world or making it clear to see the plasticity of the film studio, making you have a headache, feel dizzy/sick as well. If you remember, we also encountered these kind of discussions and different views about 3D technology before. Peter Jackson’s view was “This is a new technology and people will get used to it” as well.I watched 24 fps 3D and IMAX 3D versions of the film. Especially, in front of IMAX giant, it is true that the film is dizzying! But except some rapid close-up moments, it has a dizzying effect in a positive way. You can easily find yourself running away through the tunnels!
When we look through the content, it is not a film that cannot be critised by the Tolkien fans who think the film should stick to the book. But we have already seen this situation in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Actually, Peter Jackson (and the screenwriters) gives his own autograph by doing this. Maybe his success underlies here. He arouses interest and curiosity and keeps alive the excitement, not only with his imagination but also with his variations.It is even possible to come across with the characters whose names are mentioned in the book just once or a few times, or even the characters who does not exist in The Hobbit book at all. In this way, it contains not only the incidents from The Hobbit but also the characters and elements from The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and history of Middle Earth in general. Therewital, Peter Jackson indicated himself that the film is also been nourished by Tokien’s appendices especially from The Lord of the Rings and other notes. Over and above, there is another point which shouldn’t be missed that Tolkien already wrote at least three versions of the book and even thought about starting to write all over it again. From this viewpoint, it can be seen as a richness than a negativity that not adapting exactly the same from the latest version of the book but including some other different elements as well. Another critism is that there is no profoundness in dwarf characters and it is hard to distinguish them. Perhaps it can be said that it is true for the dwarves who are not in the center all the time in the book. But, we have just started the jouney and we don’t know how much we will be acknowledged about which dwarf and how well we will know them yet. However, the leader of the dwarves and The Company, Thorin, seems to maintain his dominance till the end. Moreover, the actor of the character, Richard Armitage deserves appreciation with his performance and it is a matter of time for him to have a leap in his acting career. Gollum is younger, more gamer and emotional than in The Lord of the Rings. The way he expresses his emotions is successful to make laugh the audience. Of course the role of Andy Serkis who gives life to the character -and directing the second unit at the same time- is beyond argument. In addition,another reason is that the tone of The Hobbit is not as harsh and serious as The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The film begins with the party day before old Bilbo leaves Bag End as we saw in The Lord of the Rings. While Frodo takes the road to the woods to meet Gandalf, without knowing what will happen after all as we know from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Bilbo starts to tell the story: “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”
It all starts with this. Gandalf invites young Bilbo to an adventure.Bilbo owns the One Ring.Dark and evil things are rising from the ashes while even high Elves won’t be able to know them until after 60 years. At the end, something appeares long before than it's expected and Smaug wakes up! What will happen next? We'll see.

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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