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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-16
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

It was good.

I wasn't a fan of some of the prologue (the brief glimpse we got of the Mirkwood elves' armor; the whole elves-paying-homage-to-Thrór thing; the Arkenstone as a "divine right," etc.). Overall, the CGI stuff seemed really unrealistic and video game-ish, specifically Azog. It also felt like they way overdid some action sequences to flaunt the innovation of the technology. That seemed to take away from story development. There were a lot of plot variations, but they are justifiable and understandable, if not completely unexpected. (; The soundtrack I give three rings due to the seeming lack of new themes - I heard some new motifs sporadically, but not as many as I had expected. However, I've yet to listen to the soundtrack on its own accord, and half of the time what I noticed was being processed with a million other things.

On the other hand, I really liked all acting: I laughed joyously upon witnessing some of my favorite parts of The Hobbit executed so incredibly here, especially between Gandalf and Bilbo. (And how could I forego mentioning the "Riddles in the Dark" scene?! It was freaking superb. There were many familiar screens from LOTR, and these were not out of place and altogether wonderful.

It's growing on me. I'm excited to see it again.

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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