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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2013-01-09
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

I'm a semi-serious fantasy enthusiast, and The Hobbit (the book) was my point of entry. I'm not a total text-purist, but I like fidelity to Tolkien's vision.

As with LOTR, I felt that Jackson had an overall successful approach, although the overall impression of the film did not quite come together for me. The characterizations were good, particularly Freeman's Bilbo, which was wonderful. I also appreciated Thorin, though the rest of the dwarves were a little too motley for me.

I would like to have seen more of Bilbo's inner experience, and certainly less heavy fight scenes. The escape from Goblin Town was overdone and wasted a lot of time. I personally would have liked less backstory up front, and more revelation during the course of the film, although I suppose this way may have been better for non-initiates.

The Goblin King was one of the best parts IMO. The whole Radagast business was awful; farcical and out of place. I'm also not sure why the pale Orc nemesis was brought into the picture. I thought Jackson's treatment of Riddles in the Dark was overall very successful, but I didn't like his plot adjustments surrounding the ring.

So at the end of the day, a fitting portrayal of the story and a great Bilbo, but with unnecessary changes to the story.

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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