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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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26, Sacramento
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 3
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

The first half of the movie was probably the worst first-half of a movie (lets say up until Gollum encounter) I have seen, in theater, in my entire life. I literally fell asleep twice for a brief few minutes, yes I was that bored. And this is coming from somebody who has watched LOTR over 30 times, read The Hobbit, and watched the blogs numerous times each. I felt like I was not watching the movie I anticipated so dearly. It felt...different.

No wonder we aren't happy about some peoples' reviews of The Hobbit. They probably spent the entire first half just shaking their heads and jotting evil thoughts down that I feel it may have deserved.

Let's start:

The narrated beginning of Smaug/Dwarves encounter was AWESOME! I liked this beginning much better than what was done in the LOTR beginning narrative. I was still getting use to the 3D and 48FPS (and regretting not just seeing it in Digital Cinema) at this point in time, but this portion of film was very well put together.

My favorite part about middle-earth is the Shire. That is why I love watching the beginning of Fellowship over and over again. But in The Hobbit, it was a disaster. It felt nothing like the Shire. When the dwarfs met Bilbo, all I kept thinking to myself was "the book deserves better." It was long and drawn out. The worst part was when Bilbo was suddenly the happiest man on Earth all of a sudden to leave the shire. This could have been portrayed so so SO much better. THey should have had Bilbo look at the contract, then look up the the ceiling, think, and then cut to that scene. But the way Peter Jackson did this was cringe-worthy. But hey I am no director.

Bilbo.. That was another problem. Where was the charisma that Ian Holm brought to this character? That was one of the biggest let downs of this movie. Freeman's lines bored me. He looked bored. I was bored watching him look bored. He was not believable like Ian Holmes was 10 years ago.

The actors just weren't that great. I enjoyed Thorin, the Goblin King (his last line was so cheesy, wtf were they thinking?), and a few others, but I felt the acting sub par. During the movie I kept thinking "It needs more American actors." It just felt B-rated.

3D - This was my first 3D movie so it is hard to compare.. But my god was this a mistake. I hate how it focuses on what is up front, and the background is often blurred out intentionally. I am glad to see it the way Peter Jackson intended, but I was no impressed. I was 10x more impressed with the 3D trailers shown before the movie started than I was with The Hobbit.

Green Screen - What a let down!!!! During the Radagast chase scenes it was so painfully obvious at the amount of green screen usage, it stuck out like a sore thumb. How could they have thought these green screen scenery's look appealing or real whatsoever? It was just way too easy to tell what was real and what was green screened.

48 FPS - I loved the amount of detail the doubled FPS gave. I think the benefits far outweigh the risks. I loved the close-ups of Bilbo and others.

Those are just some quick thoughts. I rate the first half, up until the Gollum encounter a D, and give the second half an A-. With that said, I think the reviews were quite right.

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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