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One Reviews Thread to Rule them all ... (EMBARGO LIFTS: 9 PM PST)
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Maiarmike
Grey Havens


Dec 4 2012, 4:59am

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T-2 minutes until elation, or crushing disappointment. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

"I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge"
--J.R.R. Tolkien


BiggieSmaug
The Shire

Dec 4 2012, 4:59am

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HERE WE GOOOOOOO [In reply to] Can't Post

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Xanaseb
Tol Eressea


Dec 4 2012, 5:00am

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hmmm interesting review... not very comfortable with the constant comparisons with Lucas and SW tbh... [In reply to] Can't Post

Also, not positive about good ol' Sir Chris Lee Unsure:

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There's the marrying old characters with new, de-aging certain players and setting events in motion, which unfortunately leads to some particularly clunky, foreboding scenes involving Christopher Lee playing the Middle Earth equivalent of Star Wars' Chancellor Palpatine.


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Aragorn the Elfstone
Grey Havens


Dec 4 2012, 5:03am

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Things were so much simpler 11 years ago... [In reply to] Can't Post

As naive as it may have been, I never had any doubt that Fellowship of the Ring would live up to my ridiculously high expectations. I was as excited as anyone possibly could be, and I walked into that theater on cloud nine and walked out the same way. The opinion of the critics never even factored into it.

If only I could have that same mentality now. Cool I think I will refrain from reading the negative ones though. I want to walk in as untainted by negativity as I did 11 years ago.

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shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 5:03am

Post #105 of 237 (2306 views)
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NZ Herald Review [In reply to] Can't Post

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Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Dec 4 2012, 5:07am

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The dwarves' quest to reclaim their homeland has been given an extra edge with the addition of the truly nightmare-inducing Azog (Manu Bennett), whose appearance threatens to turn the film into a cross between 300 (he bears more than a passing resemblance to Xerxes) and The Princess Bride (a dwarf with a particularly potent and legitimate grudge Thorrin as a kind of Inigo Montoya).


My Top 5 Wish List for "The Hobbit"
5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use of not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, plus the inclusion of axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!


shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 5:07am

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TVNZ

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easterlingchief1
Rivendell


Dec 4 2012, 5:07am

Post #108 of 237 (2212 views)
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First Rotten Tomatoes review is up! [In reply to] Can't Post

And it's very positive!

http://www.flicks.co.nz/news/review-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey/


Wordofmask
Lorien

Dec 4 2012, 5:08am

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alrigh [In reply to] Can't Post

ok first score from NZ herald 4.5/5

we should make the first post of this thread as collecting score post. that is good to all of us.


shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 5:10am

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Dogsofwar
The Shire

Dec 4 2012, 5:11am

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HitFix gives it a "B" [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.hitfix.com/...n-unexpected-journey


shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 5:12am

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Huffington Post reviews 48fps [In reply to] Can't Post

48 FPS review


shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 5:16am

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Cinamablend, Movieline, [In reply to] Can't Post

Cinamablend

movieline 'The Hobbit' 3-D Early Review: Back Again, But Not Quite There


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Dec 4 2012, 5:18am

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Actually several of these first reviews have singled out [In reply to] Can't Post

Azog as a plus for the film. Shocked

And sounds as if they enjoyed the film itself as well! Smile

My Top 5 Wish List for "The Hobbit"
5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use of not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, plus the inclusion of axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!


Altaira
Superuser / Moderator


Dec 4 2012, 5:19am

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Review from Garfeimeo from TORn [In reply to] Can't Post

TheOneRing.net staffer Garfeimao and long-time TORn friend Nancy Steinman were able to secure tickets to the World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Here are Garfeimao's largely spoiler-free thoughts on what she saw.
I am not here to review the technology, this is just going to be a short and sweet commentary on the movie. Martin Freeman is a joy to watch inhabit the role of Bilbo Baggins: you feel everything he feels, and that is all those emotions you read about in the book. Fear, curiosity, courage, homesickness and that sense that he has bitten off more than he can chew.
There are whole chunks of dialogue lifted directly from the book, you will recognize it throughout the film, I had to restrain myself from cheering during at least one of these lines, won't say which one just yet.
Gandalf is Gandalf, the slightly grumpy, sometimes playful Gandalf the Grey we met 11 years ago is back.
And Richard Armitage as Thorin and Ken Stott as Balin, in particular, shine in their respective roles. You will feel you are in the presence of a King without a Throne. But the kudos really have to go to Andy Serkis as Gollum and Martin's Bilbo.
The Riddles in the Dark will have you on the edge of you seat, even though you know exactly what happens. It is masterfully delivered, you may even cry (yes, one of many spots I teared up at).To be honest, yes there are other bits that are a bit confusing and may feel misplaced, but I will want to watch it a second time before I pass final judgement on this film. I loved the ending, it is rather awesome


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Metal Slug
Rivendell

Dec 4 2012, 5:20am

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resurection [In reply to] Can't Post

So is Azog, who was killed in the Goblin/ Dwarf wars resurrected?


Altaira
Superuser / Moderator


Dec 4 2012, 5:21am

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At the first public showing of a movie picture depicting a train coming toward the viewers, people scattered in alarm trying to get out of the way. Or so the story goes. Some will do the same with director Peter Jackson’s new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The irony is that The Hobbit's titular character, Bilbo Baggins, doesn’t like to take risks in a film that revels in them.
It's visionary stuff, and Jackson is alone on the frontier with only James Cameron visible on the horizon. The first installment of The Hobbit trilogy is new cinema.
Instead of playing safe and comfortable in lower-risk financial zones, Jackson has pushed the boundaries with 3D, with 48 frames of film per second -– or the digital equivalent -- flashing past viewers' eyes instead of the traditional 24fps. It is definitely different.
The filter of the traditional look of cinema, what we are used to seeing in the dark, is gone. Forever? Consumers will ultimately decide but studios continue to churn out films in 3D despite anything but universal acclaim.
Here, Jackson has gone to such lengths to make the fantastic look real that for many the film will look unreal -– but only if viewers choose to see it in the director’s preferred way. Of the approximately 24,000 theaters that will display The Hobbit: AUJ, around 1,000 will have the technology to display it as it was shot -- HFR 3D. But, for those 1,000, hang onto your arm rests, cinema has just leapt forward.
Bilbo Baggins (masterfully portrayed by Martin Freeman in a performance that will be lost amidst the eye-popping action sequences), as many readers will know, relishes his comfortable life in the cinematically familiar Bag End. He is interrupted by a gaggle of dwarves and a meddlesome wizard who for reasons he cannot himself explain, thinks Bilbo needs to travel with the dwarves.
All of this is familiar ground for readers of Tolkien's original tale. And, as expected, the screenwriters (Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson) make great effort to up the stakes and ramp-up the tension.
People who haven’t been paying attention to the promotional lead-in campaign may be surprised to find that joining Freeman and Ian McKellen's Gandalf as lead characters in the film is Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. It's a role likely to launch Armitage, blessed with an already-fervent fanbase, masculine good looks, and ample ability, into the stratosphere. The character is deeply scarred and tragic. Thorin gives the children’s tale a Shakespearean disaster angle and the film makes the most of it in in ways that may not surprise viewers but will nevertheless delight them.
Andy Serkis returns to work his performance-capture magic as Gollum, and Jackson and his actors reach the peak of performance and technical ... well ... wizardry in a scene that is the film’s best. Despite being dialog-heavy, it is cinematic magic.
So Bilbo, content to play it safe in a movie that most definitely isn’t, is joined by all these dwarves who despite excellent design and characterization, just don’t have enough room in the movie. Considering Jackson’s Middle-earth legacy, many viewers will immediately begin pondering extended editions and hope for more from these characters.
Then -– especially if they see it in 48 fps -– they'll want to schedule another viewing. This writer’s initial reaction to the film was wanting to see it again immediately. As of this writing, that has been impossible. Fans, and those who care about film as an art form (and perhaps as a science) will want to view The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in both its incredibly clear new format and as a traditional film.
Others, the Bilbo Baggins of the world, are perhaps better advised to simply see the film as they saw The Lord of the Rings. They will be thrilled with adventure and the interplay of now-familiar movie characters playing again inside the incredible landscapes of Middle-earth. Peering deeper into dwarven culture will come with a (pun-intended) deep satisfaction and they will be thrilled, despite some dark days for fans, back in a delightful rendition of Jackson's Middle-earth..
It goes without saying that not everybody will like everything. Setting aside technology for a moment, sections of the film that delight some will frustrate others.
In one place Gandalf reuses a familiar story-telling device. For some that will hearken back to the familiar. For others it will seem like a rehash. There are a handful of such moments. The 100% CGI orc Azog may feel cartoon despite (or because of) his technical perfection; he is no Gollum. But putting aside the quibbles, Jackson has delivered a tightly paced action flick that is rollicking fun. He has captured again the magic of Tolkien's world with his own stylistic, cinematic stamp.
Radagast the Brown is a delight and injects some of the fringe legends of Tolkien's own hand and some of the lighter tone of the source material into the sometimes dangerously heavy Middle-earth. There is the expanded Goblin Town with its madcap action - more jolly than peilous - which takes license with underground kingdoms. But amidst all this fun we are tossed a dozen decapitations as well creating a puzzle for some parents and sensitive younger viewers. Cate Blanchette casts her graceful spell along with the most welcome Christopher Lee and appropriate the slightly less stressed Elrond from Hugo Weaving, iconic in his own right.
The dead-on casting with exemplary performances from the leads as well as those in small roles make the fantasy feel real more than any technician can -– and the technicians on this film are world-class here. And yes, fantasy films can have exemplary performances and actors selling the fantastic as the everyday, have achieved high-craft in their art. Technically masterful, this adaptation of a classic children’s tale is grand and glorious cinema that is indeed lighter than its Rings cousin but also with nasty battle elements.
What's more, any discussion about the need for three films or the making the decision to do so based on anything but storytelling merits couldn’t be more incinerated if Smaug himself engulfed the conversation in dragon’s fire. The case for three films is settled.
But being first is difficult. Like Ebay selling its first item in 1995 (a laser pointer if you must know) new things can take a while to catch on. The lion's share of reviews are going to address the step forward in display technology (including this one!) but the story will sink or swim because of the characters, their situations and the craft with which they are brought to life.
Viewers need to evaluate: Are they Bilbos? Do they want safe, familiar cinema or do they want to go on an adventure at the theater? The comparison isn't mine originally but I like best the thought that somebody has taken the window out and now we are not looking through the filter of film but looking at the real world. It will take some adjusting.
Will you like it? Well, do you embrace change? Can your entertainment tastes evolve? This is like nothing you have ever seen and it will jar not just your eyes but your brain. The dragon slayers will revel in the new and the adventure. Not every note will ring true for every viewer but whatever else, this movie is about fun and adventure.
And (something that will obviously delight the studio) the real answer to this riddle is that this is a film that cries out to be seen in both formats and compared by the viewer. It is entertaining entertainment but it is also a landmark of technology and a test of crowd behavior. I agree with Jackson and Cameron; this is the future.
Whatever the public and critics conclude, Jackson and his team must be admired for operating on wires high above the crowd with no net or safety line with fearlessness and passion. As for me, I will take that at my cinema experience every time over another action film content to play it safe.
NOTE: Larry D. Curtis spent five weeks on the set during film of The Hobbit and freely acknowledges his opinion of this film is compromised. Further, he is dying to see the film again to have a more informed opinion.


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 5:21am

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screencrave.com

thewrap.com reviews 48fps

Sydney Morning Herald: Hobbit adaptation a dark, spectacular adventure

heraldsun.com

‘The Hobbit’: Prequel Offers Expected — and Excessive — Thrills in an Overstuffed First Film


shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 5:34am

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More, more, more! comingsoon, screencrush, slashfilm, [In reply to] Can't Post

screencrush.com - 5/10???
comingsoon.net 6/10

www.odt.co.nz mostly positive

slashfilm - HFR 3D Review: Peter Jackson’s Latest Is Rousing Yet Repetitive


Maiarmike
Grey Havens


Dec 4 2012, 5:35am

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I might have to wipe my tears of sadness and retire for the night...with my bottle of Jack. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

"I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge"
--J.R.R. Tolkien


(This post was edited by Maiarmike on Dec 4 2012, 5:40am)


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Dec 4 2012, 5:36am

Post #121 of 237 (1724 views)
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"Martin Freeman's Bilbo is clearly the best screen embodiment of a hobbit yet." [In reply to] Can't Post

Crikey, that's a plaudit and a half.

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 5:38am

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Does What the 'Star Wars' Prequels Failed to Do [In reply to] Can't Post

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Does What the 'Star Wars' Prequels Failed to Do


chazychris
The Shire


Dec 4 2012, 5:38am

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One thing that every review thus far has in common is unreserved praise for Andy Serkis as gollum. What a treat to look forward to.

"At any rate he is under no enchantment but his own."
-Tolkien, The Hobbit (Gandalf describing Beorn)


Wordofmask
Lorien

Dec 4 2012, 5:38am

Post #124 of 237 (1722 views)
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not as bad as I thought [In reply to] Can't Post

it's still be good anyway.


shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 5:40am

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Yahoo News! We’ve seen it, and it’s a welcome return to Middle-earthl [In reply to] Can't Post

‘The Hobbit’ First Look: We’ve seen it, and it’s a welcome return to Middle-earthl

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