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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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23, New York
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I am a true Tolkien fan, having read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings many times. When I read that the film wasn't getting reviews of the caliber of the first trilogy, I was a little disappointed. But I realized that many of those critics had hang-ups about the length and the depth into what is considered a fairly short and light novel. Me, I don't mind at all. Throw it all in there! The Hobbit, the appendices from Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales - I will sit there for nine hours. (In fact, I've sat for longer, having attended two marathon viewings of the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings films.) I want to see it all! Peter Jackson and company can do little wrong in my eyes. I felt that this first part of The Hobbit was about half epic tone of Lord of the Rings, and half childish whimsy. I had to forgive it some of the cheesier moments, considering it is intended for a younger audience, but it was very true to the book and I can always appreciate that. I cannot wait for the next installment!

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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