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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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50, Richmond Hill, ON

Date Posted: 2012-12-16
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

I have been looking forward to this movie ever since it was first announced. When I learned that it would be shown in three installments I was a bit worried: The Hobbit isn't a long book. But what Jackson and company have done is amazing and wonderful. Scenes that I missed in LOTR are showing up here and references from some other Tolkien books already started pulling the whole saga together. Now I can't wait for installment 2 and 3 -- and the reworked version of LOTR (if the rumour is true and they are going to re-work it in 3D it will be an amazing journey to go through all 6 movies).

As for the format: I don't know what all the critics were talking about (other than wanting to keep the comfortable status quo maybe). It was an amazing experience and when I chose NO to the question above (Will you watch the film again in a different format?) it is because I intend to watch it again in the same format. So much detail and facial expressions that were clear and detailed -- it's kind of a must to see it again to take it all in.

And finally, the acting: AMAZING! Martin Freeman moves seamlessly into Bilbo's character; the dwarves are precious in all aspects, eating/fighting/celebrating (and Richard Armitage gives Thorin the perfect balance between brooding and decisive); Ian McKellen finally has a chance to let that mischievous side of Gandalf show a bit more; and Andy Serkis's Gollum is getting better every time. The Riddle Scene should at least get him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, really.

All over, well done and in no way disappointing -- in no way at all. Thanks Peter and Co.

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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