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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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41, Guelph

Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I thought the tone of the movie was bang on. Sat somewhere between the childishness of the book and the seriousness of the LotR movies. The Hobbit book was definitely for kids (even though I still enjoy reading it, I too read it again ahead of seeing the movie) but I think the movie was suprisingly scary. The Orcs, wargs, goblins, decapitations, and overall intensity was frightening. I loved that, my boys loved that, but I’m sure some kids would have been very frightened, I know I would have been in my youth.
The pace of the second half of the movie was incredible and enjoyable. The slower first half was appropriate.
The positives:
1. Special effects were nearly flawless.
2. Bag-end, I want to live there.
3. Songs, not too many, not too few (probably a minority here)
4. The overall amped up magic, Gandalf blasting the goblins was cool.
5. I liked the goblin king.
6. Azog was really interesting. One line in the book but now positioned well to lead the orc army in the final battle. Good idea and scary dude
7. The scene with the trolls was a high point for me.
8. Riddles in the dark, I got a little tired of Gollum in the LotR but thought the scene here was excellent.
9. I’ve never been a fan of Dwarves, until now, tough as nails, Thorin Oakenshield kicks butt.
10. Eagles were cool.
11. Marin Freeman was great!

1. Radagast was just too goofy. I could live with the bunny sleigh but smoke coming out of his ears, give me a break.
2. While I like the idea of the stone giants hurling rocks at each other in the book it became an unnecessary set piece to show-off technical wizardry, not bad but not really required.

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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