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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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58, Philadelphia
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-16
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The movie started with the BEST prologue I've ever seen. Kudos to the writers for including the additional material - it was all time well spent. The introduction of the dwarves and the music (well, ok, I would have loved to have seen Thorin's harp) was fun, and on target. Some reviews complained about pace - this seemed just right to me, given that the book really does pack a lot of action into a short volume. The additional material allows a more leisurely pace. As a lover of the book first and foremost, I applaud Jackson et al once again for taking so much dialog directly from the text. As I also enjoyed the previous movies, I really liked the references made to them - when Frodo goes off to surprise Gandalf, the troll poses, the first time the ring goes onto Bilbo's finger, etc. The stone giants appeared EXACTLY as they had in my imagination when I read the book - can Peter Jackson read my mind? Hmmm....conversely I did not care for the prolonged action sequence in the goblin cave and with the wargs. I also note that in the book the first time Bilbo kills is the spider - and I think that is critical in terms of the story - so the additional action was off-putting to me. I will be going back to see the film in HFR 3D later this week (assuming tickets become available - sell-outs seem the rule here near Philly), so I can't comment on the format at this time. I look forward to the next movie, and although I will continue to watch TORn daily I plan to stick to headline-reading, and avoid so much commentary - I feel as though I missed some of the "wow" factor by knowing too much.

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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