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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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14, Indianapolis
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 3
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I gave absolutely everything five rings because I thought this film was absolutely brilliant, and I think it deserves all five. I received a rather large surprise when Elvenking Thranduil came onscreen in the very beginning of the movie.

Martin Freeman portrayed Bilbo's casualties and resistance to change beautifully. The Dwarves added wonderful contrast to the film, with their urge to take back what was theirs and Bilbo's not-very-hero-like stature and personality. Thorin was portrayed very well as a silent hero and protagonist to the story, while keeping the other dwarves in line, especially Kili and Fili.

Ian McKellan portrayed Gandalf in a way that was quite familiar to us, even though he did not yet know or experience the turmoil of the Lord of the Rings. Hugo Weaving gave us a new light with Lord Elrond, as I personally was quite surprised to see him on a horse, fighting Orcs.
The score was excellent, and fit the move quite well. As did the costumes, script, and make up. A great film to behold, and one never to forget.

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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