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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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52, Albuquerque

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

How marvelous to see Middle-Earth again! I wondered how the extra material would fit into the story, and overall I was very pleased with the blending of parts of LotR's appendices into this film. It was so nice to hear the first couple of sentences of the book used.

The cast was wonderful. It was nice to see a lighter side of Elrond, and Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis in particular were outstanding. "Riddles in the Dark" was everything I hoped it would be.

My only quibble is the whole Azog storyline - I think I understand why it was added, but it doesn't help the story.

The soundtrack is lovely, but why in Middle-Earth did we hear the Ringwraith motif at the climax when Thorin is going to fight Azog? It jarred me out what should have been an edge-of-the-seat moment because I started thinking, "Why is *that* music being used? It has nothing to do with any of the characters!"

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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