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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? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I think the introduction of the film lacked imagination, the first thing after acknowledgements to Warner Brothers, MGM and New Line Cinema we get an average opening to the movie with a lack of fanfare and expectation. Music with a lively atmosphere and a more inviting title would have done the trick.

The opening scene with Ian Holm and Elijah Wood did enough to make an impact as the film rolled.

Gorgeous costumes fitted in well with the scenes and the storyline.

I was totally taken by the set designs especially in Bag End, Rivendell and outdoors. Who could have thought of an idea like that to have the map read behind a waterfall while a crescent moon takes place and the mist of spray from the water against a midnight blue evening took my breath away.

The screenplay was well written could understand what was being said between the actors and there was no hesitations the word flowed well and the facial features and movements was not jerky.

Could not find any fault with the makeup.

Its a thumbs up for Andy Serkis at directing and also the actors. Well done to Sylvester McCoy for pulling off a character like Radagast.

Special effects took my breath away again, the eagles, the swinging trapezes(very funny) where the Goblin King has his Kingdom, Radagast's dwelling in the woods, and his sleigh hares doing a slalom course with the orcs(The children in the theater sat up when Radagast with his small animals appeared). I felt that the special effects generated more laughter than the actors scripts.

While watching the orcs constant pursuit of Thorin Oakenshield and his band of Merry men it made me think of the Battle of five Armies Azog is Thorin's Nemesis.

Overall impression of the film for me Very good to fantastic. Will pop along to see the 3D version. The Art direction was really beautiful and had meaning.

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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