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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Garvin the Gray

35, Arnhem

Date Posted: 2013-01-12
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Yes, I knew afore hand that peter would take liberties. I actually support that. But did I like all the changes? Some yes, some a most definate No.
Riddles in the dark for instance was perfectly done. Way better even then in the original novel. The white counsel looked visualy stunning. especialy Galadriel. i was looking forward to that added plotline, but it left me confused. Peter seems to try and make small things bigger and bigger things so small that to me they seem trivial. would the counsel meet, just because Mirkwood gets ill seemingly overnight? I mean, saying something dark has been growing in the greenwood for thousands of years sounds way more terrifying then: Oops Radagast has a dead hedgehog and there are Shelobses trodding the forest. This whole version of radagast strikes me Ill choosen. he is portrayed in a manner that cannot be taken seriously, but is used to introduce the greatest threat of the story. You cannot have a clown be the herald of evil. It didnt work for me.
Also the visible ringwraith that many have mentioned before, but more disturbingly to me is the wraith so easily loosing his blade and the necromancer letting radagast escape as easily all deminish the threat. they make necromancer sauron seem incompetent.

other points I disliked are: Overdone action scenes. I usualy love them visualy, but they destroy a sense of realism. Mentioning: the bunny sledge ( also the backdrop was way to much Rohan countryside giving me a feel of misplacement ) The stone giants: great visualy, but way to reminscent of the staircase in moria ( which I loved because of its originality, but here it is a duplicate and nothing original about it)Also very hard to believe not a single dwarf plunged of in the deep out there.
The goblin king to me was to much of a looney and never really funny. The escape from the Goblin cave, exciting to see, but way overdone and again, deminishing the realism that many character scenes in this movie do try and build up.
But, believe it or not, I was doing great with the movie this far, not disappointed at all. My REAL dissappointment is Bilbo confronting Azog and his Warg. Thats where I snapped.
I understand why it is done. ( rounding up the story of Bilbo bonding with the dwarves etc.. But it is so profoundly in contrast with the MAIn core of the book. It is the same BIG mistake that peters Lord of the rings made.
The whole charm of the story is taht hobbits win respect, not by bravery in the way of fighting, but by use of wits, courage and other merrits. Bilbo does not win the dwarves respect because he is just as hard a fighter as they are. He wins it because he proves usefull, despite his physical usefulness.
They are supposed to be a role model for the whimps and weak, to show true power lies within and that sort of thing. Peter turns them into action figures taht appearently are able to kill orcs by threes and are just to scared to try and do so. that deminsihes the Hobbits to basic cowards, that overcome cowardess, but it also turns their adversary's in laughingstocks. Every being in middel earth seems stronger than an orc. Thats NOT what tolkien wrote. Hobbits should be somewhere way down on the streght-o-meter. Thats their weakness and it is also their power. since it drives them to explore other aveneus then physical combat. Right now i can imagine Bilbo doing a headcount on Azogs bodyguard at the battle of the five armies. wouldnt put it past peter, but it realy to me destroys the moral of these stories. So yeah loved this movie, but the alterior ending was .... ( Very ill chosen. They should have had Bilbo steer back his eagle to pick Thorin up and save him that way, or.. or... or.. i can think of dozens of solutions that do not involve the simplicity of making Bilbo use physical prowess to win respect.

But thats it for the nagging: What did i love?
Pretty much everything not mentioned here.
Loved Gandalf
loved Bofur (very charming)
Loved Frisky Elrond
Loved Azogs look and his warg as well.
Loved the vista's and visuals
Loved Gollum?? ( ( I never was a big fan, but in this movie he scored!)
Loved the Trolls!! ( though thenight could have been dragged out a bit longer, dawn realy did come suddenly)
Loved galadriel
Loved rivendell as a whole.

Loved the movie so much that its a shame that flaws were in it as they were. loved it, but had i sat in the editting room, some changes would have been made for the better.

Eagered to see part two though.

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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