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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Paul Cummings

21, Christchurch

Date Posted: 2013-01-12
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I'm writing this review whilst still having only watched it in HFR 3D. Firstly, I thought the movie was brilliant in general but I shall delve a little deeper...

I shall start with the positives:

1. Soundtrack - Absolutely brilliant. I love the Misty Mountains theme that runs throughout the movie which really helped me to connect with was going. Howard Shore is amazing.

2. Cinematography - There were truly some amazing shots in the movie. I love the sweeping views of landscapes that we were so used to in LOTR.

3. Acting - Martin Freeman played Bilbo perfectly. He was just as I imagined him in the book. Humourous, slightly awkward but with a real hidden courage underneath.

4. Additional content - I thought the addition of the White Council scene was great, it give us a breather and created a bit of suspense for the future movies. The addition of Azog as the antagonist was quite successful, otherwise the movie would have seemed a little pointless. (I know it might not follow Tolkien lore, but it worked).

5. HFR - Amazing. Took a wee while to get used to but it gives such clarity and fluidity. I was a bit uneasy about it before I watched the movie twice in this format but it is a raging success.

I'll have a look at some negatives now. Bearing in mind that there may be more negatives than positives, but they're really only minor problems I found.

1. Visuals of Azog - OK, so I thought the story aspect of Azog was great. Unfortunately, I felt that the way he looked was slightly fake. He seemed too 'clean'. I was expecting a dirty great orc, much like the Urak-hai in LOTR and it made him seem a little less scary.

2. 3D - This is more against 3D in general. I don't think I'm sold on 3D cinema yet. It feels like there's something in my face all the time and I find it slightly hard to watch.

3. Goblin caves - This didn't look anywhere near what I had in my head. I was expecting narrow tunnels not a massive cavern full of wooden platforms, but maybe that's more my problem!

4. The Eagles - They didn't talk? I was quite disappointed with this but perhaps they will in the next movie...

OK, so maybe I don't have more negatives after all! I think that's most of my views on the movie which was overall very good. 9/10.

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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