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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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23, Grottoes,VA
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

From the first scene of Bilbo in his study, beginning to write his tale, I immediately knew that I was safe in the hands of the filmmakers who had so beautifully brought Middle-Earth to life ten years ago. I found the movie absolutely enthralling. The prologue was the best since the Fellowship of the Ring, setting the tone and explaining (for those who needed it,) the complex history of Durin’s line. One of my favorite parts of the film was getting a glimpse of King Thranduil! Though it’s clear the Mirkwood elves vary from the others, I’m impressed. Thranduil rides an Irish Elk for goodness sakes! After the prologue I was also pleased that so much of the book was taken word for word, including the songs. As the company hit the road and Azog’s story line was introduced, I found it interesting and exciting, not incongruous with the author’s story. Radagast was also introduced, and I know that many have stated it seems he was only placed in the story for the sake of having another wizard. At comicon there was some footage, which I believe will be in Desolation of Smaug, which shows how important Radagast will be to the films. If the reports are true, it showed Gandalf and Radagast enter Dol Guldur, and also Gandalf discovering the broken tomb at Angmar. All of these events I imagine will unfold soon enough, and just think what an asset to the story they will be. Radagast was refreshing and incredibly amiable, not to mention I happen to like his brand of magic. He saved the hedgehog! Returning to Rivendell was like dreaming, and how stunning to see Elrond in a suit of Elvish armor. The white council was another glorious addition, Cate Blanchette literally giving me goosebumps. As the crescent moon shining across her silhouette was stunning. I must say I rather like her costumes better in this film than those in LotR. It was also incredible interesting to see the dynamic between Gandalf and Saruman, he was almost a bit of a bully. Though I hated leaving Rivendell, we were rewarded by seeing the incredible goblin town. Thus far, of all of PJ’s/Weta’s creations, I found the goblins the grossest; but in the best possible way. The Great Goblin was every bit as horrible as I expected. Simultaneously seeing the Riddles in the Dark sequence was like Christmas morning. It was beautifully executed. On a side note, I must also praise the mesmerizing CGI. Though there have been complaints of it being fake looking, I disagree. The creatures/characters are immensely believable and, in the case of Gollum and the Great Goblin, you can truly see the actors who portrayed them in their characters faces. Nuances of the Great Goblin’s mouth were pure Barry Humphries. Also seeing Gandalf unleash a little magic was brilliant. I had worried in the initial scene that this Gandalf was a little different, but I am happy to say I was mistaken. If anything, he’s more virile! (As he should be.) In the final moments of the movie, after expertly executed eagles, we see Smaug’s glorious igneous eye flick open! To be brief, which I rarely am, Peter Jackson and his team have created another masterpiece.

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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