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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


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PatrickSBL

44, Fort Pierce
United States

Date Posted: 2013-01-05
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? Yes
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Well as all of you I was long time waiting for this movie. What hurt me was to read many critics like rotten Tomatoes being pretty tough on the movie, and also all the bad buzz against the 48FPS. I wished I havent read all these things for my first view of it. I came with some apprehension to the movie theather, which removed some fun inside of me. I was very exited, still, and had a real great time, lost critics influence pressure, so definitely I call it a classic. But this said, I have watched it 6 times now in 3 weeks, 4 times in the US and 2 times in France, in all possible version (24/48, 2d, 3d + Imax). I think the make up have not been handled as well as for the LOTR movies: look around the dwarf eyes, and you'll see theres something fake there. Also hairs are not realistic as they were in LOTR: look Dwalin or Balin's beard, and then go back to Gimli: big difference there. I cant explain that just because the ambiance of the Hobbit and LOTR books are pretty different. This surprised me. Also, why goblins, orcs and trolls look so different than in LOTR? I still remember this big eyed gobblin in the Moria just before the Balrog shows up, it is so far away from what we have in the hobbit. Also, to me the white Orc is not as impressive as were the Uruk Hai, for example, so im not convinced that was a good choice to make the white Orc this way. The escape from the gobblins also is too easy, the group runs too fast, killing too easily the gobblins. This scene might have desserved a few more minuts, makin the escape more difficult and not so cartoonish. Last, I wished old bilbo was made closer to what he looked on the LOTR; he looks younger in the Hobbit, his face looks like having Bottox... And when Frodo leave Baggend, he have no book with him ;-) Besides of this, as I tried to make here my most honest critic and highlight what I think was not worth to give a 5 ring in my film rating on some lines, I really loved everything else, and I have a fantastic time to return to Middle Earth thanks to PJ and his team. I think the movie lenght was really needed, Peter Jackson was right to make 3 movies of the Hobbit + appendices, i dont see places where the movie is too slow as some critics said. I hope we will have later extended versions for the 3 hobbits as for the LOTR. I will probably keep going see it once a week or every 10 days until they will stop showing it in the theather nearby my home. Last, I was at the Red Carpet in Wellington and that was fantastic; I hope there will be other red carpet events for the 2 films to come, and I wish to as many of you as possible to go - that was truly worth traveling to NZ and waiting the all day for the 3 h event. Just Freeman and Armitage were a bit distant to the public, maybe because they were very impressed by 100 000 people around the red carpet... but they should have managed better their relationship to the fans. One was phenomenal by himself, without motion capture needed: Andy Serkis, incredibly kind, stopping by everybody. I realised then what was the essence of a true star. Once arrived at the end of the red carpet, he even run back to touch many hands... and was stopped by a safety gard who was thinking that running guy on the red carpet was a threat for safety!!! just before he released him and excuses himself - he was surely very confused. Which was not the Hobbit: Peter Jackson have delivered a great piece again ,the needed introduction of the Hobbit trilogy. Very enjoyable to both fans and regular public. PatrickSBL.

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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