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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Lammen Gorthaur

52, Dordrecht

Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I don't go to the cinema often, so i don't have much to say about the 3D HFS. It looked fine to me, but regular cinema-goers maybe will not like it. I don't think it adds a lot, but i don't hate it either. As for the story: A lot is genuine Tolkien, as it should be, but there a a few things i don't like. First of all the antagonism that exists between Thorin and the Elves. This was not in the book, and it is probably just inserted to make the story more interesting, but i fear it will get worse in the second film when the Dwarves is captured by the Woodelves. Secondly, i don't like the addition of the character Azog the Defiler. He was added as a secondary antagonist, but why choose the name of a character that has died before the story plays?. Why didn't they choose a non-canon name like Lurtz in LOTR? What do i like? A lot, actually. I loved the scene with the Trolls. The sequence where a Troll grabs for a kerchief and grabs Bilbo with it, and wipes his nose with both got a lot of laughs in the cinema, and quite a lot of Ewwws too! The same goes for the Goblin King. This is certainly one of the grossest characters i have ever seen. The most impressive scenes were the Stone Giants Battle and the rescue by the Eagles. These also had the greatest music, although i think the music is first-rate all through the movie. When it was over, i immediately went into town to buy the CD (I went to a morning screening). All in all, i give this movie a 4 out of 5.

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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