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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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59, NYC
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

It's wonderful. Not without flaws, but wonderful. I have seen this film now in 3D 48fps and in 2D 24fps. I liked both but much prefer the 2D 24fps and will go back for subsequent viewings in 24fps. I am nearly 60 and I think that's a factor in my preference. Peter Jackson is right that the HFR creates a greater "reality" but the reality for me translated to my watching a film be shot in Middle Earth instead of watching a story unfold in Middle Earth. I want to be transported magically, not to be wondering as I watch "how did they do that?".
Anyway, I found the 24fps a great relief. Most of the mixed reviews I have read truly puzzle me, because this is a very good film, thoughtfully paced, with an excellent mix of faithful storytelling and amazing technical achievement. As a Tolkien fan and knowing ahead of time that I would only be seeing 1/3 of the story, I was delighted at how much the film adhered both in letter and in spirit to the book. And to see favorite parts of the appendices on film (Radagast, the White Council, The Battle of Azanulbizar) was thrilling. I also loved seeing Durin's Folk receive more noble treatment, especially the rendering of the glory of Erebor. Just like in all the LOTR films, I have quibbles with some choices and there are spots where PJ indulges his baser instincts, but the most important aspects he gets right. Martin Freeman is an utter joy, Richard Armitage makes a great Thorin. Andy Serkis again astounds us as Gollum. The Riddle scene is excellent - that and the scene in the tunnel, leading up to the Pity of Bilbo are perfection. Of course Gandalf is wonderful, and its nice to see he is on a journey too. I was sorry as it came to an end. It's long, but I didn't feel its length. I could have done without the troll snot, the stone giants battle (cool as it is), and disliked a modern-joke line from the Goblin King, but these are all small enough to overlook. I would have liked to get to know several of the Dwarves a lot better. But I figure there is still time for that. There is much more to comment on but I think I'm out of space. Yay PJ, et al! Hooray for The Hobbit!

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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