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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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56, Syracuse, NY

Date Posted: 2012-12-29
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

Well, I loved the movie, but then again I was disposed to do so. I wanted Jackson and company to succeed and by and large I think they did. Here is how I know, at least for myself: I will purchase this movie on DVD and watch it many times.

I cannot say the same for the LOTR movies. In the last ten years I have become increasingly distressed over the changes Jackson and company made to the text, especially the changes in Aragorn's and Faramir's characters and the changes in Frodo and Sam's relationship. And so it has become harder and harder for me to get up any enthusiasm for viewing them again. There are many places in both the Two Towers and the Return of the King that I just have to scroll passed in order to still enjoy the movies, if I decide to watch them again. I don't see any of those kinds of changes in The Hobbit.

While there are some things I didn't care for -- use of "modern language" and one off-color joke -- there were many things that were just charming or downright brilliant. As in:

1. Thorin is wonderful and far more sympathetic than in the book.
2. Fili and Kili are equally wonderful.
3. The decision to make them all so attractive was a must if people were really going to care that they die in the end.
4. Gandalf is lovely as a younger version of himself
5. Galadriel is more like she is in the books
6. Elrond is more jocular and approachable.
7. Bilbo is fabulous.
8. The dwarves have distinct personalities that work.
9. The music is excellent and evocative.
10 The Riddle game was as I imagined it.
11. Lots of use of Tolkien's dialog.

And one more thing. This is essentially a 7-9 hour movie when all is said and done. We should hold back our criticisms of this first installment's being slow until we see the entire thing.

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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