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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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22, Anaheim
United States

Date Posted: 2013-01-25
Tolkien Fan Level: 4
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I believe there are two ways to adapt The Hobbit to the big screen. The first, would be a bright, light hearted yarn with a fairy tale tone capturing the essence of the book as it stands on its own. The second way is to tell not simply an adaptation of The Hobbit but the story of Middle-earth. If reading the Hobbit on its own, it does feel and read like a fairy tale but when taken in the context of the larger story Tolkien was telling, there are countless elements at play during that time either only hinted at in the book or revealed later.

I'm not sure we'll ever be able to know which is the better way, but after seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey it is clear Jackson is taking the second route and as a fan of Tolkien's masterpiece and Middle-earth I could not be happier.

Martin Freeman creates a Bilbo that is both relatable and heroic. The dwarves are, quite simply, a ton of fun. And of course, Gandalf is perfect.

There are some elements I did not love but (Radagast for example) but it is clear they are part of the bigger picture.

Overall, a great start to what will hopefully be a great trilogy.

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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