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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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18, La Luz
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The Hobbit
Years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and finally, seconds were vanquished. “The Hobbit” was finally on the big screen, and I was there watching it. Years of anticipation had come to a climax that night, the 13th of December. What had Peter Jackson cooked up? Was this going to be as bad as most of the critics were saying? Wait and see my friend. To help myself sort out all my thoughts on this film, I have chosen to write this article as a pro/con review. I shall start with the Cons because it is a much smaller section. So, where to begin? Ahhhh yes, in a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit…
1. Azog. I am not at all pleased with Weta’s visual effects artist’s rendering of him. He does look incredibly fake, and coming from a company that masterfully put together Gollum, he should terrify me. Lurtz, who was mostly decked out in prosthetics looked much more terrifying and more realistic at that. I was just a tad disappointed that Weta, the visual effects go-to company, had crafted this incredibly fake looking Orc champion. However, I didn’t think the Wargs looked cartoonish, as I have read in many a review.
2. Jackson departure from the original source material. Even though he did include all the major events in the Hobbit, such as; Goblin town, the three trolls, and the unexpected party, I wish he would have stayed closer to the book, as he masterfully did with the Riddles in the Dark sequence. Still enjoyable it bugged me just a bit, because it would have been so easy to include.
3. Radagast the Brown. I am sure in the extended edition we will get more of him and the work he does, but as for the theatrical release he felt like a useless character. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVED his character; it just felt odd having a newly created character pop into the script only to tell Gandalf that something is wrong in Middle-Earth. I hope to see a bit more of him in the coming trilogy.
4. The Eagles. I wanted Gandalf to have some dialogue with the eagles. Jackson already introduced us to the fact that wizards can talk to birds (Radagast and the Thrush,) why not have Gandalf share the same hobby as his cousin.
5. Howard Shore’s score. Trust me, I LOVE the Hobbit soundtrack, I plan to own a copy, but I think he over-used his brilliant “Misty Mountains” theme. I LOVE the theme, but it is played in just about every climactic sequence involving the dwarves. It is also used in the background during more emotional scenes.
6. Getting the glimpse of Smaug at the end. THAT IS NOT FAIR PETER JACKSON; WE HAVE TO WAIT A WHOLE YEAR!
That Just about sums it up for the Cons, and now we move onto the good stuff, literally.
1. The Movie itself, I was greatly pleased with the film itself.
2. Erabor. In the Lord of the Rings trilogy almost all the culture we see from the dwarves in the ruined Mines of Moira. I was great fun to actually see a dwarf city in its entire splendor!
3. The casting. I am amazed at how everyone made their character stand out, and not blend into the framework of the film. Whether it was Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, or anyone else in the film, they all did an outstanding job. (Including Old Bilbo and Frodo.)
4. The Soundtrack. I know I stated this as a con up above, but it is really one of my favorite things about this film. Even though I do think it is over-used I still LOVE the “Misty Mountains” theme. And not to forget about the “Dreaming of Bag-end” theme.
5. The Panoramic shots. Straight from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, it gave me chills.
6. SONGS! Whether it was “Blunt the knives” or the Goblin King singing, I love the fact that PJ included more songs that add more information about the race that sings them. (Including the elven harp and flute melody.) And how could I forget about “Misty Mountains.” Overall I love all of the songs sung, Even Gollum’s “tasty goblin” tune.
7. The Pace. Many have complained that the movie’s pace is wrong all over. I on the other hand loved the action…peace…build-up…action…peace-etc. mood of the film.
8. Riddles in the Dark, and the Three Trolls. These scenes felt so close to the book. Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis were brilliant together. And the three trolls were direct from Tolkien’s own book.
9. The Action sequences. My, oh my, these were fantastic. I loved the fighting in this film. The choreography was stunning.
10. Bilbo sparring Gollum’s life. This was the scene that had me closest to crying. It was beautiful; I was wrapped up like a Christmas present inside the emotion of this scene. Visually stunning and emotionally moving.

Overall, this film accomplished what I had hoped for. It expertly brought middle-earth back to the big screen. May the hair on Peter Jackson’s head never fall out.

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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