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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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21, Isla Vista
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-16
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

As a fan of The Hobbit and all of the LOTR books, I must say this film met and exceeded my expectations. I had a few worries about the film before its release: would the 3D aspect be intolerable and overly used? Would they have enough material to make a film trilogy from one book no bigger than any individual LOTR novel, and most importantly, would the film stay true to the book? I can happily and safely say that the 3D aspect was used more for depth scenery and less for fighting scenes. The Hobbit has plenty more material to make three complete movies that can accurately depict the novel, and Jackson stayed true to the original book. Having read the book over ten times myself, I was happily surprised to find that even much of the dialogue was similar between the film and the novel. In addition, there was a lot that a true LOTR would understand that others wouldn't, but these "inside jokes" don't take away from the film if the viewer isn't a die-hard LOTR fan. Jackson and his team have done another exceptional job to bring to life a book we all know and love, and do it justice on the big screen. I'll be eagerly awaiting the release of the second film with even higher expectations than I had for the first.

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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