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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


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vfxArt

43, San Rafael
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
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What will continue to amaze for some time is the brave handling of what had to be accomplished in the screen-time that Peter Jackson and his co-conspirators had available.

Tasked with refreshing our memories of what was right and beautiful and being left behind, setting us firmly in the 'when' of the tale, placing the pieces on the board so that we knew their purpose and potential, and taking care to (try to) show rather than tell, navigating the familiar and unfamiliar places in Middle Earth probably could not have been handled better.

There were opportunities for better choices to be made, chiefly among a couple of the action set pieces and digital characters. You were not going to out-Gollum Gollum, and the goblin king and trolls fell short. The wargs were an opportunity for great improvement over those of the first films, but again, short.

It is quite easy to be lost as one among fifteen I should think, and I laud the choices for the dwarves and the effort in realizing them as individuals. No small feat was also

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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