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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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30, Mendenhall

Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Don't go to see the Hobbit expecting Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit is very different in tone and realism, but it's in keeping with the book. The Hobbit is more cartoony (for lack of a better word), a bit darker, more exciting. The first time I saw it I thought several places dragged and the movie felt too long overall, but I was tired and cranky and I think that had a lot to do with it. I took my kids the second time and the length felt just right. Even my kids, who are four and seven, didn't think it was too long. My four year old did get a bit antsy during a few expositional scenes, but as soon as the action cranked back up he was glued to the screen. They loved the wargs, they loved the magic, the giants, the dwarves, the trolls, the eages, the dragon! They thought it was the best movie ever. They vastly prefer it to Lord of the Rings. The 3D is very subtle and believable, and Gollum looks even more amazing than before! The acting is great, the dwarves are incredible. Some scenes felt a bit forced (Bilbo and Frodo at the beginning, the White Council), but overall the movie is 'a no holds barred adrenaline fueled thrill ride'! I can't wait to go see it again!

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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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