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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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33, Hamilton

Date Posted: 2012-12-16
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Hmm non spoilery.

Well, first off I enjoyed it. It is one of the most fun and immersive movies I have ever seen.

I never go into this kind of movie with assumptions based on the book. Because doing so is perilous to ones enjoyment of the movie if you expect things to happen.

And I was not disappointed and while it has a few flaws, I can't say it detracted very much at all.

Remember PJ made this one lighter, funnier and more rollicking than LOTR. The action is often madcap, fast, hilarious. And not all canon. But by golly he has done his source material some justice. He has gone back and re-evaluated material that later tied the Hobbit to the LOTR.

Dwarves - people worried about the dwarves... some bearded, some not so much. They are bloody good looking dwarves. Each has their own personality and style... not everyone of them gets huge amounts of screen time but I relish the fact they are not Gimli clones. Plenty of stereotypical dwarves in the movie so don't despair.

Gandalf - Ian McKellen loves the role of Gandalf the Grey. And there is much much more to him. Time is spent on the character of Gandalf.

Galadriel - you get to see a bit of her. Which is awesome.

Martin Freeman - is understatedly very good. His Bilbo is patently different from the attitudes of all of the rest of the cast. The character of Bilbo is not Tolkien's... but that is not a bad thing.

Gollum - Andy Serkis does not fail to please. That is all.

Greeblies and CGI - over all the greeblies are quite cool. There is some talk of the Goblin King on the internets... he is pretty bloody good. Funny. Gross. There is only one greebly I am not entirely sold on but we'll leave that for you to decide.

High frame rate - I am not sure everyone will like this initially. I did. Crisp, smooth and detailed. Fights scenes barreled along at pace... if you struggle with 3D and fast action this may be an issue for you... just go see it in 2D. The 3D enhances the movie but it will still be cool without it. Luckily I *have* to go and take my step sons to see it... so I get another chance in the not too distant future.

Over all, rip roaring fantasy fun. PJ loves the source material and it shows. He pays homage to previous attempts and while not how purists might want to see it, it is instead bloody good cinema. And good on him for breaking ground with new technology!

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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