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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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21, windsor

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

I’m a die-hard fan of J.R.R Tolkien, always have been, but I gotta say going into the theatres I was a little worried Jackson was going to over-do it this time and that I wouldn't like it. But I can honestly say I was BLOWN AWAY with how amazing of a movie it was.
Going into the movies I had a lot of worries on my mind about how Jackson was going to portray The Hobbit, I had just never mentioned it because well, I guess I would feel guilty being just a faithful fan to the books and movies…
First thing I thought was aw man, why is he making it in 3D? Just cause everyone else is doing it?.. But no, honestly, the amount of 3D effects was just right. He didn’t over-do it like every 3D movie that comes out today and I was extremely pleased with that.
Another thing that I was kind of bummed about was how the heck is he making such a small book into 3 movies? It’s just going to be too long and too detailed and it’s going to drag on.. But NO, it was actually the opposite! I felt like the movie was going by so quickly, and there is still SO much he hasn’t added in there! I was on the edge of my seat for the entire film.
The last thing I was hoping Jackson wouldn’t do is the many songs Tolkien had included in the books. I remember specifically when I was rereading The Hobbit I kept thinking man I hope he doesn’t put these songs in.. But, again, Jackson included them so. well. into the movie’s I was actually SO happy he did!
It was such a spectacular movie and it went WAY above my expectations for it. The CGI for gollum was absolutely amazing this time. He was so lifelike I could see the pours on his skin and the glimmer in his eyes.
I absolutely love how he included old Bilbo and Frodo SO WELL to connect with The Fellowship of the Ring. And minor things that if you haven’t watched LOTR you wouldn’t notice, but I picked up on and was so happy he included them.
I love how well he stayed in context with the book, thought he added some things of his own, but quotes and laughs, and banging of pots and pans he got right down to detail with how Tolkien had described.
My only complaint about the film was how he portrayed Azog, the white orc. I really wished he had put an actor into a costume and special fx makeup instead of making him CGI. He looked to computerized and I kind of felt like I was playing a game of World of Warcraft. Other than that I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of fantasy, medieval times, middle-earth, or a fan of good movies in general.

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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