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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-16
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

After a long wait and all kind fo expectations I finally got to see this film on Saturday the December 15th. I was suprised of the result. Of course, it is far from perfect and to appreciate this adaptation one has to accept that it is a lot different than his wonderful little book called: The Hobbit. The story has been given a more 'epic' breath almost in the tone of LOTR. I think the way they explain the context on which the story take place is quite good. Right at the beggining of the film, we've good a full account of what happened in the Kingdom of Erebor and the viewer unfamiliar with these matter will acquired a fair understanding. I would not say that this was 'absolutely' necessery but at any rate it seemed important for Peter Jackson and his screewritters that the ''background'' (mostly things that can be learned in the appendices of LOTR) get to be available for the casual viewer that had not read the book. So when the compagny arrive in Rivendell, the vewiers are explained why Gandalf might has organized this expediation to take place and what Bilbo Baggins The Hafling (As Galadriel said), has to do with it. There are some things I was not fond of at all. The concept of the survival of Azog who is now some sort of villain in the story of the film, which pursuie the compagny and which they escape from is very distasteful as a Tolkien's works fan. It is complety out context. Also, it seemed so in the trailer but now it is confirmed: I dislike what they've done with Radagast The Brown. He is in the film sort of a nutter on the brink of crazines with birds in his hair and bugs in his mouth... It looks a bit as a 'charicature'of the book character. Not really the image of The Radagast I know from the passage of FOTR. Also, onne might wonder what has he got to do in this tale at all? This is indeed one of many storical invention of Peter Jackson for this film. Well, I will not give a personal account of each passage of the movie, it will take hours and will rpobably be of not much interest to people reading the critics available. bUt to be fair, it is a film that will hold you the 2h40 in front of the screen. The film has an intersting pace but the numerous addiiton of scene, dialogue ect not from the book, can make the whole seems articicial... It nonetheless a must see for all fans of LOTR, THe Hobbit, fantasy or cinemage in general.

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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