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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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26, Los Angeles
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 4
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

One word to say it all, one word to define it,
One word portray it all and in all clarity describe it.

And that word is: EPIC!
There's no other word to better characterize the entire LOTR franchise, for that matter!
Everything about this movie (the make-up, the wardrobe, the special effects created by Weta, the music of Howard Shore , the cinematography, the actor's performances, and of course, the direction of Peter Jackson) was EPIC. There is so much time and dedication that goes into the making of these LOTR movies that people don't realize. Giving anything less then 4/5 stars would be almost blasphemous!

As many of us already know, it's been 11 years since our last visit to Middle Earth and I must say, it's been far too long! When I took my seat in the movie theater I couldn't help but have this feeling of disbelief... The Hobbit is finally here!! From start to finish, this film had me hook, line and sinker. Keep in mind, I saw this movie in 24fps without the 3D and all throughout the film I found myself having to unclench a certain body part... seriously! I was totally lost in the film. Lost in Peter Jackson's fantastic manifestation of Middle Earth. Some critics have complained about story bloat, but in my opinion, the 2 hours and 50 minutes fly by and there is no story bloat, whatsoever! In fact, by the time the movie was over, I didn't want it to end! I'm sure that LOTR fans around the globe are falling in love all over again.

What an awesome start to such an amazing story! The prologue does an incredible job of illustrating story of the Dwarf kingdom of Erebor. Seeing Smaug's destructive, lust-driven cameo only makes me wish it was December 2013 that much more, so we can see Smaug in al of his glory. Martin Freeman's portrayal of Bilbo is spot on. Hobbiton is even cozier and more welcoming than ever. Rivendell is spectacularly breathe-taking, as always. The 13 dwarves play their parts with great conviction. Radagast and his lovely animals bring a special ingredient to the story. The monsters of this film took me by surprise. Some were unexpected (Azog and The Necromancer), while others exceeded my expectations (Gollum). I don't think a better ending could have been thought up... this movie definitely left my seething at the teeth for more.

Without a doubt, I'll be seeing this movie over and over!

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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