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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Happy Helmet

Date Posted: 2012-12-31
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Let me state up front that I really enjoyed Peters Jackson's cinematic rendition of Tolkien's classic tale 'The Hobbit".

I had heard the dark mutterings of vomit inducing resolution, a picture that was too clear, with too much detail, that tracked too smoothly and of a movie stuffed full of unnecessary scenes that dragged on like a never-ending hell. Filled with such negative thoughts I sat down to a 3D 48 fps session not expecting too much.

The reality of the movie far exceeded my expectations and made me wonder what people are whining about. The detail in the picture really help with the immersion, seeing single hairs move in the dwarf beards was a sight to behold. I also most jumped out of my seat and cheered in the first tracking shot as I marvelled at its smoothness. Ever since hearing about the 48 fps format, I have been noticing the severe stuttering that effects the 1920's format in any tracking shot. Let us consign that format to the rubbish bin of history I say!

The introduction of background and history from Tolkien's other book's really worked for me was a thoroughly enjoyable addition to the story. So much so, that I was left with a feeling of disappointment as the final credits rolled as I wanted more.

The 3D format was fun, but did give me a slight headache. Personally I would like to see it again in the 2d 48 fps format.

So, overall a very positive review from me. The best thing was that the key scenes reflected the book. For me this movie is better than the LOTR series (which I watched for the 100th time in the weeks leading up to the release of the Unexpected Journey). What got me in LOTR was the significant changes from the book eg Helms Deep and ignoring the conclusion of the hobbits development throughout the LOTR by saving the Shire from Saruman and Wormtonge in favour of 20 minutes of soft focus crying, cuddles and kisses in a Days of our Lives style. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 4 1/2 stars.

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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