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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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25, Paris

Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Furious adventure, humor, fantasy, and brilliant art design, no less could be expected from LOTR's director Peter Jackson. But I found even more than expected in this Journey: the thriling quality of the HFR 48fps in 3D was simply mindblowing. Apart from the encounter with Gollum in the caves (perfect Andy Serkis), some of the special effects were not good enough for the format (and were much better supported by the regular 24fps also 3D). However, the costumes and make-up, sets and sounds were enhanced by the HFR like I never thought it would be possible, bringing the story into life, and the screen became like an open window on Tolkien's world: I was transported in Midle Earth like never before, and never willing to come back.

This first part of Un Unexpected Journey covering a third of the book, I see no further argument against having three 3-hour-long movies with this quality of treatment, and my gutts tell me Jackson hasn't even given its best in this one. Can't wait to see what's coming next!

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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