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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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55, Davis
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The film as a whole far exceeded my hopes. Prior to seeing the movie I had some concerns about the dwarfs make-up, costumes, characterization. I thought I had wanted to see an older Thorin, but I'm happy to say that went away as I was immersed in the story. Richard Armitage was excellent in portraying the driven, slightly demented Thorin of my imagination. The only thing more I wanted from the dwarfs was MORE ... I wanted to walk out of the movie having a clearer idea of who each dwarf was, but I didn't, and I understand the necessity for that. I had to give the screen play a 4 because I did not like the stone giant sequence and I did not like the reincarnation of Azog and the whole Azog vs. Thorin showdown. Azog was too reminescent of Lurtz for me, and I did NOT like how the film ended with Thorin giving Bilbo a big hug after Bilbo came to his aid while he was sorely beaten by Azog. I preferred the ongoing tension that Thorin and Bilbo had between them pretty much throughout the book. I also would have liked to have seen more tension between the elves of Rivendell and the dwarfs, though I've heard the rumor that there will be such scenes on the EE DVD. I also would have liked more Hobbiton scenes. Otherwise, I loved, loved LOVED Goblin Town, the rescue by the eagles, Radagast, Trolls, the Erebor/Dale back story, the intro by old Bilbo, oh and the brief glimpses of Mirkwood Elves, Lee Pace as Thranduil...swoon... and Smaug... AWESOME!

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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