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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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60, Baldwin

Date Posted: 2013-01-04
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

I went to see The Hobbit at the midnight show, opening night. With great anticipation, I let the story unfold. I truly hated the book and found it very difficult to get through several years ago when I first tried to read it. I put the book down and read The Trilogy first. When I actually finished The Hobbit afterwards, I felt it was better as an epilogue rather than a prologue. I re-read the book prior to the film release and found it a little easier to get through but I didn't love it by any means. I then re-read the book along side of the appendices of the Trilogy and the book finally was readable. I say this because I did not go in with an pre-conceived notions or EXPECTATIONS about the film based on the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. In particular, I loved the scenes in Rivendell and how its universe was expanded. The only flaws I found with the the film were the following: The Necromancer I expected something a bit more menacing, I thought the Radaghast scene was a bit too long and perhaps not filmed as well (CGI was very evident here).
I'm not particularly a fan of 3D film but I did notice that even in 2D the sharpness could be overwhelming at times.

Probably the BEST thing I came away with from watching the film is now I WANT to read THE HOBBIT with joy.

Bravo Peter and I'm looking forward to Part 2.

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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