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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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43, Dallas
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-14
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

48 fps is something that will take time getting used to. First watch in 3D was unsettling but the detail I was able to absorb was certainly worth it. At times it felt like watching a play from the first row rather than film. Amazing as it was to see the detail, etc - at times it felt like a lower budget experience. I can't fully explain the "why" behind that - but I noted it several times during the movie.

Another point about the detail - when you see that much detail it does betray some of the CGI realism effects. Make sense? I think knowing they were going this high quality they should have used less computer graphics and opted for more animatronics - physical vs virtual.

It's a long movie - and only part 1. They are going to need to speed it up - it slows at points and I personally think this could have been accomplished in one or two films rather than three.

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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