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36, Horst

Date Posted: 2013-01-05
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

Great movie! I saw it in 2D. Read the book, saw LOTR extended editions more than once, so I was prepared ;-). I like a lot what I've seen, but also some things I didn't - but that's a footnote only.

What I liked:
+ The beginning of the movie could not have been better.
+ Good pace of the story, not too slow or rushed.
+ I really like the elements which are not directly in the Hobbit, but have been explained in the Appendices of LOTR or in other books from Tolkien. Dwarves, Elfs, the council at Rivendel, a real enrichment and connecting to the LOTR! Great decision to put this all in.
+ Radagast, more play than I initially thought.
+ No singalongs at Rivendel - I hate musicals.
+ Riddles in the Dark.
+ The music, again, superb!
+ The end, going back to the goal: the lonely mountain and Smaug.
+ Overall the changes from the book work great in the movie and didn't bother me at all.

What I did not like:
- Escaping the goblins made me think of escaping in Moria in the FOTR movie, especially on the bridge where the oversized goblin king appearance made me think of the Balrog scene. I found it too much alike.
- If a scene was meant to be funny, it did not make me laugh most of the times - and I have a great sense of humour ;-).
- Stone giants. Liked it in the beginning but it just took too long.

But, like I stated earlier, the dislikes are only a footnote. I hope the DVD release is crammed with extras similar to the LOTR extended editions (will there be one now?).

Looking forward to see it again - and the next movies of course!

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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