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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2013-01-12
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I have seen The Hobbit in digital 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D in 48fps. The IMAX version was the best and the digital 3D a dissapointment. Martin Freeman was great as the younger Bilbo & Richard Armitage's Thorin was a standout. The Dwarves were all portrayed as I imagined them from the book, which I am re -reading. As usual Peter Jackson has portrayed Middle Earth beautifully. Howard Shore's score was majestic but I did not care for the use of the Aragorn/Arwin "love theme " at the end of the movie were Thorin tells Bilbo he was mistaken about having Bilbo along on their adventure. Using that music theme I felt was a poor choice. It would be better for us fans if Peter Jackson were to release The Desolation of Smaug this summer & There and Back Again in Dec 2013. Did I mention Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchette, Hugo Weaving & Christopher Lee? Old friends who are the heart and soul of Middle Earth and eventually are the catalysts in the ultimate battle of good versus evil. And lastly there is Andy Serkis' portrayal of Gollum - he is remarkable. He deserves an Oscar for his performances of Smeagol/Gollum.

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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