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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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25, Tampa
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

It's sometimes difficult to be impartial to a project like this when you've invested so much time anticipating and getting excited for it's completion. However, in many ways I feel that can make you hypercritical because you have become partial to a movie and final product that your mind has created. You build up this entity of pure perfection that blows you away in every way you know how. That being said, I am aware that I went into the theater at 12:01AM on 12/14/12 with the highest expectations I could fathom, but I wasn't disappointed. From the first glimpses of Erebor to the closing scene with the Lonely Mountain, not once did I find doubt or skepticism pulling my mind out of the story. Instead, I was living out those expectations of wonder and awe that had kept me moving forward and hoping for this day since I first walked out of ROTK some 9 years ago. In summary, The Hobbit met every one of my expectations of wonderful screenplay, beautiful scenery, amazing visual effects, and tear-jerking acting. It also surprised me in many ways with its expansion on the original work to include more of Tolkien's imagination. In this way above all others, The Hobbit fully transported me to Middle-Earth and I intend to return several more times this month.

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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