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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Jacob Willetts

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

It was brilliant! The costumes were fantastic, the soundtrack encapsulating and the actors astounding. The (very few) things I wasn't too keen on was the repetitive 'heroic' moments when the dwarves came to the rescue. i.e. When the dwarves came charging in to fight the trolls, and again when they went to Bilbo's aid to save Thorin from Azog. Also, I didn't quite understand why the party were in the thick of the giants fight. I certainly don't think it added to the believability of the film, especially as they all came out of it unscathed. I don't understand why they changed the already great look of the goblins. They look far too animated and similar. The goblins we saw in Moria in the Fellowship of the Ring were perfect representations! Its not like we saw enough of them in the Fellowship of the Ring to be used again in The Hobbit.
The only problem with the Riddles in the Dark scene was the final riddle. I don't know about other hard-core fans, but I was certainly expecting this to be to-the-book. When Bilbo said time, that was never an actual guess. He was telling Gollum he need more time, but Gollum thought that was his answer.

But at the end of the day, I don't really care about the cons(I just had to get them off my mind!). The cast and crew made a fantastic film. I think the Dwarves together as a group added a fantastic, fierce and funny aspect to the film, exactly how I felt when I first read the book. Seeing Saruman as a good guy (or so he makes you believe) was great. It was a good idea to have Ian Holm and Elijah Wood as a part of it, as I think it helped other fans to relate it to the Fellowship of the Ring.

The delux edition soundtrack and my cast/crew-autographed Hobbit book should keep me satisfied until the film comes out on Blu-Ray! Now just a whole other year to wait until the next one :S

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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