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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


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Hannah

19, Ann Arbor
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
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I went in to the Hobbit with low expectations. I mean, the fact that Jackson was making three movies out of this book made me skeptical, although I was a bit reassured by the fact that they were bringing in Appendices material.
But coming out of the theater my hope for these movies had been renewed. There were a few things that were jarring- the CGI animals and goblins were very obviously CGI, which was disappointing after having real live orcs in LOTR. Some of the plot elements were a bit wonky, namely the whole Thranduil-isn't-cool thing and also that Bilbo doesn't really earn the dwarves' trust until after Mirkwood, so that was a bit rushed here. However, what really made me love this movie were the sets. The sets! Fantastic artistry. The costumes were pretty classy as well. And although I think not many might agree with me, I rather liked Radagast- I thought he was portrayed perfectly, considering canonically he's the wizard who was sort of snuck onto Middle Earth with the others to look after the animals instead of the humanoid life forms, because that's what he's good at and that's what he's most concerned with. Beyond that, it was lovely to see all the old cast members again, and start to get to know the new ones (Martin Freeman is a perfect Bilbo Baggins). Stepping back into Middle Earth couldn't have been better, and I am looking forward to the next installment in the saga!

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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