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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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21, Lincoln, NE
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a wonderful return to Middle Earth. It contained just the right balance of the lightheartedness present in the book and the darker themes occuring in the background leading up to the Lord of the Rings. The make-up, costumes, landscapes, and the almost every instance of cgi were all beautiful and fantastic. There were a couple instances where the effects looked a little cheap. To me, Azog looked very fake and plastic-y. The wargs, especially when jumping and running quickly, looked fake as well. Some of the camera moves during action scenes especially seemed unorganic. There were a couple other instances of poor CGI, but overall it was fantastic. Gollum was amazingly realistic and perfectly acted by Andy Serkis. If every CGI character had as much work put into it as did gollum, this film would be unmatched visually in every way. Martin Freeman perfectly portrayed Bilbo, and the rest of the cast was fantastic as well. I usually am not one to complain about a movie differing from the book it is based upon, but the added warg chase scene with radagast seemed unneccessary and cheesy, and I do wish the scene in the fir trees were just a little bit more like the book. The modification of the stone giants scene, however, I thought was fantastic. The glimpses of Smaug and Erebor have me extremely excited to see the second movie next year. I have focused on the negatives in this review, but my impression of the movie overall is overwhelmingly positive. Only time will tell where it falls in relation to the LotR films in my heart, but at the moment I believe it is right there with them.

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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