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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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17, Zichron Yaackov

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

After ten whole years of waiting, counting down the minutes, i have finally had the chance of reliving my favorite childhood story- The Hobbit. While i was rather small when LOTR came into theatre and dont quite remember the experience of watching the trilogy on the big screen, i can honestly say that i will remember watching The Hobbit in cinema for my entire life.

Quite frankly, regardless of all my excitement, i have been rather concerned of early review claiming the movie is long, slow paced, and the HFR looks cheap and soap-opara-ish.

But as i watched the movie this thursday, all of these false claims were evaporated, and i have sat in amazment and enjoyed three hours of one of the best movies iv'e seen.

Even though The Hobbit: An unexpected journey remains very loyal to the book, there are some places in which they both differ- some for good and some for ill.

Spoilers ahead.

For example, the creation of, or rather twiking and rewriting of, the character Azgog, an orc leader pursuing Thorin and company through-out the movie, was a risky step, but in my opinion proved itself very well- as the first movie needed an Antagonist of sorts.
Another example would be the entire Sauron coming back storyline, which i found very well done, and the implentment of Radagast the Brown, which (although slightly ridiciouls at times) proved a very amusing character.
Some diffrent changes were in how events actually went down (IE the Dwarves fighting the three trolls instead of being tricked and captured, which i found a bit sad, as it was a part i was very fond of).

Overall, The Hobbit: An unexpected journey is an amazing experience, far better than FOTR in my opinion, and really sets up the stage for the two movies to come.

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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