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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Ham Sammy

56, Fresno
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Jackson's vision of The Hobbit was fully entertaining and a fun film. I enjoyed it. Although there we some issues with some material which could have been left out, overall and excellent film and enjoyable.

Jackson's Thorin here fits better than Tolkien's. Instead of a curmudgeonly greedy and rude dwarf Armitage's Thorin was a flawed hero. He was dismissive of Bilbo in the early going, which was spot on and came to embrace him (literally) at the end. I though the scene with Bilbo coming to his aid a bit over the top but not so much so that I didn't enjoy it. Jackson had to add it and I'm glad he did. I really think the end of film 3 is going to show Jackson's wisdom in having the audience more emotionally engaged with the Thorin/Bilbo relationship. The scene after the Battle of Five armies in the 3rd film should be absolutely emotionally pounding. I can't wait to see it.

Freeman's Bilbo also outstanding. Freeman played him exactly as he should be. Clumsy with the sword (those scenes I just loved) and a reluctant yet curious adventurer. The Riddle in the Dark scene with Serkis's Gollum were great. There should be an academy award for that scene somehow. The scene where Bilbo finally makes a decision about Gollum while leaving the cave was done perfectly. This is going to resonate and make future viewings of the LOTR series better. Gandalf's talk to Frodo in Moria about the sparing of Gollum will be even better now.

I did feel some scenes unnecessary. The rock giants didn't nee to be there. I know it was put in for fun and was a backdrop for Thorin's dimissiveness of Bilbo, that could have been handled elsewhere. Also although I know Jackson was tying the film to LOTRO with the bit between Frodo and Ian Holme's Bilbo, that also really wasn't needed. I think about 1/2 of this film could have been trimmed so I gave it some lower marks for editing.

The whole film was entertaining though and I recommend the IMAX 3D format. I saw it in HFR 3D the next day. I enjoyed it but liked the IMAX version better.

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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