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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 1
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

ok so I've been a big fan of Tolkien's books for a long time, and specially The hobbit; this is a book that's close to my heart and I've read it many times. this been said, I am not entirely happy with the final outcome of the movie. Maybe I am being a bit too purist about it. I didn't like the changes, and some less than others. I know the major plotline is not affected or changed, but still there are some things I just can't live with.
First of all, in the books, Bilbo was reluctant, to say the least, to go on an adventure. Is Gandalf, ultimately, who pushes him to go. And before that, even in the knowledge that he is no burglar nor does he wants an adventure, the dwarves never disregard him to the point they do in the movie. Then there's the Radagast business. I'm not gonna lie, i hated the way they present him. like some kind of a joke. I'm sorry, I know he was supossed to live with the animals and whatnot, but still, too goofy for me. He was a maia, a higher spirit, like gandalf, not some old folk who lost it in the woods. Next there's the goblins thing. it seems to me weird that they decided to give it more screen time to the so called "revenge" of Azog. It is a major deal in the books, and what ultimately leads to the final battle, but it's not so present at all times. Besides, in the movie, they're being chased by Azog, when in Tolkien's mythology, Azog was killed by Dain in the gates of Moria, in the battle of Azanulbizar. The Goblin that actually should be in the story is Azog's son, Bolg.
The comings and goings of Gandalf are not in the order they're in the book, and in the movie, unlike in the original tale, is Bilbo who saves them from the trolls, instead of Gandalf.
And the company doesn't escape from Rivendel, and they get there as friends, not as enemies. besides they're not asking for permission to go on their quest, as the movie says.
The whole wargs chasing after them seemed a little rushed to me and Bilbo never saves Thorin from the wargs in the book. They do not hug or have any kind of melodramatic scenes. This bothers me cause is something that the characters I read about wouldn't do. Other thing that bothered me a lot was the fact that in the movie, Bilbo wants to bale on the dwarves, right before they are caught by the goblins in the misty mountains. In the book he never did that. He wasn't much of an adventurer but he was no traitor either. He sticks with the dwarves trough the rough, and even though he spends much of the time yearning for his hobbit-hole, he never wants to bale on his friends.
But after all, I have to say is a good movie. And that maybe if I hadn't read the book before, I would've loved it. The landscapes, are breathtaking, as always, and the special effects are good. The riddles in the dark, for me, is the best part of the movie, and it's LOTR good. Martin Freeman acting is amazing, and I can say I couldn't have imagined a better Bilbo. The dwarves are all good too, but Richard Armitage as Thorin is the best.
I know it sounds as if I hated the movie, but really, I didn't. It's a really cool movie, and even though it might not be the movie I was expecting it to be, it's still really good, and I'll probably be seeing it in every format.
Sorry for the bad english, it's not my first language.

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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