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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Lady Fallon

22, Bowling Green, KY
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-16
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

After years of eagerly awaiting The Hobbit, I entered the theater at midnight, expectant and overjoyed at the moment finally arriving. I’ve defended The Hobbit and Peter Jackson since the moment the announcement came that it would be a trilogy. As the only one who had actually read the appendices from everyone I fought with, I usually won or persuaded them to give it a try. I think that is one of the best accomplishments of the movie: it tells the background to so many events surrounding the book that otherwise would never be filmed. To this, I bow to Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh as well as all others involved.

The beginning sets a perfect frame work, and as a love of the LOTR films, it was wonderful to see Frodo again. Bilbo’s telling of Erebor was perfect, and the glimpses of Smaug leave you wanting more. Throughout the movie, you learn about the dwarves, their own stories, and there were moments that touched your heart. Overall this movie was everything I’ve waited for.

There were a few changes from the book. Most were fine. Azog, Thorin’s main enemy, I could understand. It sets up a different role for Thorin and allows us to see more of his past. I honestly love Thorin’s character. The scene with the trolls was almost perfect. I was sincerely looking forward to Gandalf’s trickery, but instead Bilbo performed that duty. I was a little disappointed. I know it sets Bilbo’s character up, but I do so love Gandalf. Most of the other scenes that play out differently are fine. It was those two that were most noticed by me.

The acting, as always, is perfect. The songs are beautiful, and I bought the soundtrack before I even watched the movie. “Misty Mountains” is one of my favorite songs now, and the singing is emotional and very well done. That part in the movie was one of my favorites, as well as the song about dulling knives, which I just discovered is not on my soundtrack. Sir Ian McKellen is perfect in his acting as always. Cate Blanchett is beautiful and elegant as Galadriel. Christopher Lee manages to set Saruman up very nicely in The Hobbit, and his corruption is already tangible. Sylvester McCoy brought the slight craziness but perfect loveableness to Radagast that I had envisioned. The characters love of animals was beyond touching and his “I’d like to see them try” gave us a whole other side to the character. Martin Freeman does Ian Holmes great credit as Bilbo and brings the whole story together. Elrond was once again high and mighty, but loveable.

There were moments when I thought a story dragged on too long or I wished that things would speed up a bit. The goblin scene was quite a bit different from the book, and that bothered me a bit because sometimes I just don’t understand why they change such things. Much of the storyline was saved, and Gandalf still saves them with his blast of light. Running through the Goblin cave was pretty spectacular, and the way the different dwarves fought gave even more insight to their character. Still, when Bilbo is trying to pull Sting out of the warg, or when Fili and Kili (though their acting is perfect) were arguing about the two missing ponies, I wanted more action. Or perhaps I was just incredibly tired and the next viewing will be perfect all the way around.

The special effects are downright gorgeous. As always, Weta manages nothing but the best with everything from makeup to magic. The trolls were legendary, Smaug is apparently epic, and the towns leave nothing but a breathtaking desire to be transported to Middle Earth. Weta deserves all the credit they have ever been given for creating Middle Earth, as do Alan Lee and John Howe. The thousands of people working on everything else also deserve the credit, and thanks. The landscapes hold true to The Lord of Rings, providing me with even more ambition to make my way to New Zealand. Jackson’s desire to ground the movie by using real setting when possible really does give us a more realistic and beautiful movie.

My movie theater did not offer the 48 fps. I am hoping to find one close enough nearby that I can see it that way. If not, perhaps I will brave 3D. I hate 3D movies because most of the time they are incredibly cheap, but I have faith in The Hobbit. I did not brave it at midnight because 3D gives me a migraine, but we shall see.

I cannot wait for “The Desolation of Smaug.” I am eager to see Beorn, Mirkwood (and yes, Legolas), and wherever else the movie takes us. I actually picked the ending spot for “The Unexpected Journey” perfectly. Because of the name alone, the second movie will probably end after the destruction of the town, with the armies moving in. Thank you to everyone, who brought me 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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