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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Janet Moongoddess Smith

60, Loveland, CO
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

My husband and I decided to see the Hobbit in 2D first and in the 3D 48fps next week so that we could enjoy the movie without being overwhelmed by the new format. Granted, we are both theatre-trained, (my husband teaches Media as well as IB English and stage combat and I am a professional costume designer who does all the tech stuff for our Shakespeare productions) so we watch films a bit differently than many viewers. I lamented the lack of my DVR remote while watching the film because there were so many things I wanted to skip back and see again.
The sets, props, and costumes and cutlery are glorious and kudos to the wig-artists. I love the use of the Hildebrandt-inspired coloring and lighting. I love the camera angles. My hubby loves the sword-fights. I love the winks and nods to other genre favorites, especially in the casting. I love that Martin gets a proper upgraded bathrobe from the Hitchhiker's Guide movie, though the goose-turd green color shows up again in the waistcoat. (It was a popular Elizabethan color but not my favorite.)
I first read the Hobbit 47 years ago when I was 13 and as much as I love Tolkien, he was a world-builder first and a writer second. Peter, Fran and Phillipa masterfully rewove the story adding character motivations and conflicts that were missing in the book. If anyone has ever read "Leaf by Niggle" I don't know how there can be complaints about changing the canon. Tolkien, himself, was a champion niggler and he has a kindred soul in Peter Jackson. The Tree of Tales has been enhanced by the movies and I applaud everyone involved including the people of NZ and especially the folks at Weta. (If I ever get to the Weta cave, I'm not going to want to leave.)I thank all of you!

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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