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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2013-01-01
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Getting out of the cinema and facing our real world has never been harder for me. This alone tells how great an escape The Hobbit was. Being a LOTR fan and also licensed in Tolkien + mythology studies, I can tell I had an experience that was far beyond the expectations (which were already huge).

Firstly, the characters have much more depth than in the book, each dwarf has his distinctive look, and I appreciate how some of them are younger, more reckless etc. Had all dwarves been the same, the movie would have failed... but PJ did the absolute best. The most remarkable character was, without a doubt, Thorin. I find his portrayal ideal: brooding, doubtful yet daring, extremely courageous, loaded with a heavy burden from his past etc. Never have I sympathized with a character so much.

Action-wise, the movie was packed with delightful moments - some were predictable though, but others managed to create real tension. With the second watch I was even delighted with the (very few) parts that were somewhat boring when seeing the movie for the first time. Truly, The Hobbit has to be seen at least a couple of times in order to see what it is about! And it does ask for some research. There is an ENORMOUS amount of detail, I just couldn't believe how much I missed at first, in spite of paying great attention. No gesture, no word is placed there in vain - it all has a very clear purpose.

The prologue was excellent and revealed all that was necessary, the dwarf party was lovely, Thorin's song was pure magic, and the final confrontation was breathtaking, showing him as a more than fabulous leader figure. To me, The Hobbit is not about the quest but about the characters... Thorin's struggle to do what he has to... This character is so great that PJ should feel urged to change the ending of the movie, but sadly I don't think he will. All in all, thumbs up for a movie that enraptured me and took me into a Middle Earth that I'd never wish to leave!

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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