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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 1
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

After seeing the movie twice, I went back to reread The Hobbit so that I could better structure my opinions on the film as an adaptation and not a standalone film. As the latter, I found 'An Unexpected Journey' to be good. As an adaptation, I had some concerns.

The introduction of Azog as the main villain was an interesting choice, especially since he was technically killed by Dain in the battle at Moria. At first I was a little confused about the necessity of adding him, but it makes sense as a device to transition between the first film and the Battle of Five Armies; if the audience remembers him as a greater villain, it will make more sense if he rallies the goblins and attacks Erebor. I'm still not convinced, but I believe I understand.

The acting was superb. I thought Martin Freeman to be a terrific Bilbo, and Richard Armitage really captured Thorin's character perfectly, especially for the material he was given. Each of the actors portraying the dwarves obviously put a great deal of time into developing their individual characters; I only wish we could have seen a little more of that.

The many nods to the LOTR films were cute but not overly necessary, although I did enjoy the prologue (of sorts) with Bilbo and Frodo before the party. I'm a little curious to see how they deal with the Necromancer, especially considering the fact that he was a firmly established device even in the beginning of the book. (e.g. Gandalf found Thrain in the Necromancer's dungeon...)

Overall, I enjoyed the film but remain a little reserved until I see what is yet to come.

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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