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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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13, Vaughan

Date Posted: 2012-12-14
Tolkien Fan Level: 4
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was my first time seeing a J.R.R. Tolkien master piece on the big screen. No surprise, the movie was completely not what I expected. From the great acting, exceptional art work and always awesome directing of Peter Jackson, the Hobbit was a great hit from the start. Being welcomed back into the world of Middle Earth with familiar faces was a great way to introduce the story and the new faces were as inviting as the old. My favourite scenes include the riddles in the dark that was even better than what I thought it was going to come out like, the stone trolls, and the goblin king. Andy Serkis once again brought my favourite character back into my favourite place with a more comedic side then what is seen in the Lord of the Rings, and I finally got to see Bilbo's stone trolls not alive and moving. Though it makes me sad, I have to admit that there were some disappointments in the film as well. Besides the 48 fps which I found did NOT make the film look better but instead a tad cartoony, Azog was my only real disappointment. To me, his costume design and effects were not the best. Also, the Goblin king's fat thing handing from his face was kind of disturbing but I have to say it was fun to watch flail around. Looking back at the Lord of the Rings, I am so far leaning towards the earlier trilogy than the Hobbit FOR NOW, but I can't wait to see Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, and all the other phenomenal actors again next year.

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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