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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.


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                    You are all so nice! Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Send a private message to Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Dec 3 2012, 7:43pm
    Nice idea DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 3 2012, 7:44pm
        Damn BiggieSmaug Send a private message to BiggieSmaug Dec 3 2012, 7:47pm
        See? This is why... Tim Send a private message to Tim Dec 3 2012, 9:34pm
    Here's a supposed review from a NZ paper: Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Dec 3 2012, 7:51pm
        I wouldnt be surprised (spoiler) Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Send a private message to Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Dec 3 2012, 7:59pm
            Podcast tolktolk Send a private message to tolktolk Dec 3 2012, 8:12pm
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                    So... BiggieSmaug Send a private message to BiggieSmaug Dec 3 2012, 10:15pm
                        More or less...[Spoilers!!!] Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Dec 3 2012, 10:22pm
                            What??!?!??!?! BiggieSmaug Send a private message to BiggieSmaug Dec 3 2012, 10:27pm
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                                        That is indeed Bolg/Conan Stevens... Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Dec 3 2012, 10:44pm
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                                                    Now that's more like it. Maiarmike Send a private message to Maiarmike Dec 3 2012, 10:59pm
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                                                    thanks not much detail again really though from that site Balrogslunch Send a private message to Balrogslunch Dec 3 2012, 11:04pm
                have they removed the hobbit talk out of their podcast( on youtube anyway) Balrogslunch Send a private message to Balrogslunch Dec 3 2012, 11:25pm
        In general I could Lindele Send a private message to Lindele Dec 3 2012, 8:06pm
        Very positive chazychris Send a private message to chazychris Dec 3 2012, 8:09pm
        If you take the length of the soundtrack into account ... Zherkezhi Send a private message to Zherkezhi Dec 3 2012, 8:10pm
        I wouldn't be surprised Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Dec 5 2012, 12:19am
            I love the reviews totoro Send a private message to totoro Dec 5 2012, 4:33am
    Would it be possible to get a lock on this? Username4242 Send a private message to Username4242 Dec 3 2012, 8:13pm
        Er, this should read *sticky*. Username4242 Send a private message to Username4242 Dec 3 2012, 8:35pm
            Why lock it? BiggieSmaug Send a private message to BiggieSmaug Dec 3 2012, 8:37pm
                "Lock it in place." Meant 'sticky.' ;-) // Username4242 Send a private message to Username4242 Dec 3 2012, 9:01pm
                    Oh... BiggieSmaug Send a private message to BiggieSmaug Dec 3 2012, 9:03pm
    It would be great to have all reviews within a single thread. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Dec 3 2012, 8:16pm
        Maybe a sticky for all the reviews? Carne Send a private message to Carne Dec 3 2012, 8:19pm
            The problem with a sticky Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Dec 3 2012, 9:37pm
        Simple solution dave_lf Send a private message to dave_lf Dec 3 2012, 8:40pm
            It's 10 minutes from the original posting DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 3 2012, 9:07pm
                Foiled again! // dave_lf Send a private message to dave_lf Dec 3 2012, 9:11pm
    Can we have another reviews thread that is spoiler free? Seaborn Send a private message to Seaborn Dec 3 2012, 9:12pm
        We can't merge threads entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Dec 4 2012, 4:40am
            just about 10 minutes left! Wordofmask Send a private message to Wordofmask Dec 4 2012, 4:51am
    A negative (but bias in my opinion) review of the hobbit Balrogslunch Send a private message to Balrogslunch Dec 3 2012, 9:57pm
        Terrible review. BiggieSmaug Send a private message to BiggieSmaug Dec 3 2012, 10:05pm
            your 100percent correct Balrogslunch Send a private message to Balrogslunch Dec 3 2012, 10:10pm
        All the main characters survive AUJ!? Cave Troll Send a private message to Cave Troll Dec 3 2012, 10:07pm
            Whether it is right or wrong DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 3 2012, 10:11pm
            sorry Balrogslunch Send a private message to Balrogslunch Dec 3 2012, 10:13pm
                Sorry too... Cave Troll Send a private message to Cave Troll Dec 3 2012, 10:22pm
                    :) Balrogslunch Send a private message to Balrogslunch Dec 3 2012, 10:27pm
        Fortunately Adam Waldowski appears to be a complete nobody Crunchable Birdses Send a private message to Crunchable Birdses Dec 3 2012, 10:17pm
        lots of criticism there! Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Dec 5 2012, 12:15am
    Long time lurker, first time poster :) Dogsofwar Send a private message to Dogsofwar Dec 3 2012, 11:17pm
        No doubt there will be some mediocre reviews. Every movie has them. Maiarmike Send a private message to Maiarmike Dec 3 2012, 11:49pm
        Welcome, DogsofWar! Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Dec 4 2012, 4:58am
    Another Review posted early, also luke warm. Dogsofwar Send a private message to Dogsofwar Dec 4 2012, 2:23am
        Brian Duffield loved the movie, yet they picked those two tweets Carne Send a private message to Carne Dec 4 2012, 2:26am
            Twitter reactions from Toronto screening tolktolk Send a private message to tolktolk Dec 4 2012, 2:45am
                These must be examples of Tim Send a private message to Tim Dec 4 2012, 2:48am
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            It was pure absurdity lyndomiel Send a private message to lyndomiel Dec 4 2012, 2:49am
                i agree with you. Kaymanklynman Send a private message to Kaymanklynman Dec 4 2012, 2:59am
                    Welcome to the fold Kaymanklyman lyndomiel Send a private message to lyndomiel Dec 4 2012, 3:08am
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                                Sasha's comments have me intrigued Tim Send a private message to Tim Dec 4 2012, 3:23am
                    Bem vindo amigo Lusitano Send a private message to Lusitano Dec 4 2012, 3:24am
                        valeu pelo aviso. Kaymanklynman Send a private message to Kaymanklynman Dec 4 2012, 3:35am
                            Um Lusitano Send a private message to Lusitano Dec 4 2012, 4:12am
                                was this bird a descendant of carc the old raven? i will attend the premiere on Sao Luis cinema in Catete. Kaymanklynman Send a private message to Kaymanklynman Dec 4 2012, 4:20am
                                    OH Catete Lusitano Send a private message to Lusitano Dec 4 2012, 4:25am
                                2:24 am here. Kaymanklynman Send a private message to Kaymanklynman Dec 4 2012, 4:26am
                                    Haha Lusitano Send a private message to Lusitano Dec 4 2012, 4:29am
                                        I think this is a new review... Undermäki Send a private message to Undermäki Dec 4 2012, 4:35am
                                            hmmm interesting review... not very comfortable with the constant comparisons with Lucas and SW tbh... Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Dec 4 2012, 5:00am
                                                But more positive concerning a certain creepy thing: Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Dec 4 2012, 5:07am
                                                    Actually several of these first reviews have singled out Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Dec 4 2012, 5:18am
                                                        resurection Metal Slug Send a private message to Metal Slug Dec 4 2012, 5:20am
                                        I am listening and ...... Kaymanklynman Send a private message to Kaymanklynman Dec 4 2012, 4:40am
                                        til what? redgiraffe Send a private message to redgiraffe Dec 4 2012, 4:56am
                                            the embargo will lifted in about 3 minute Wordofmask Send a private message to Wordofmask Dec 4 2012, 4:58am
                                                T-2 minutes until elation, or crushing disappointment. // Maiarmike Send a private message to Maiarmike Dec 4 2012, 4:59am
                                                    HERE WE GOOOOOOO BiggieSmaug Send a private message to BiggieSmaug Dec 4 2012, 4:59am
                                                    Things were so much simpler 11 years ago... Aragorn the Elfstone Send a private message to Aragorn the Elfstone Dec 4 2012, 5:03am
                                                        Wow - I had very low expectations entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Dec 4 2012, 5:42am
                                                            IGN really liked it Dogsofwar Send a private message to Dogsofwar Dec 4 2012, 5:54am
                        i would never commit this kind of heresy. Kaymanklynman Send a private message to Kaymanklynman Dec 4 2012, 3:40am
                More from Toronto tolktolk Send a private message to tolktolk Dec 4 2012, 3:06am
                    Are you cherry-picking these tolktolk? Tim Send a private message to Tim Dec 4 2012, 3:16am
                        Hi Tim tolktolk Send a private message to tolktolk Dec 4 2012, 3:27am
                Lawrence of Arabia=zero women. One of the greatest epic films of all time. // Maiarmike Send a private message to Maiarmike Dec 4 2012, 3:09am
        Seriously? Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Dec 4 2012, 2:37am
        Really? SweetClover Send a private message to SweetClover Dec 4 2012, 2:41am
        Obviously there's going to be negative reviews, but... Aragorn the Elfstone Send a private message to Aragorn the Elfstone Dec 4 2012, 2:41am
            I remember a FOTR review that criticised the Aragorn/Arwen love story Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Dec 4 2012, 3:13am
                Yep Joe20 Send a private message to Joe20 Dec 4 2012, 3:15am
                    Indeed Tim Send a private message to Tim Dec 4 2012, 3:20am
        "Gruesome characters" chazychris Send a private message to chazychris Dec 4 2012, 2:41am
        Really? That's all the talent you need to see a movie like this two weeks early? nobofthepony Send a private message to nobofthepony Dec 4 2012, 2:48am
    I'm starting to worry that this will be one of those movies that fans love... Maiarmike Send a private message to Maiarmike Dec 4 2012, 3:51am
        Women chazychris Send a private message to chazychris Dec 4 2012, 3:59am
        These advance screenings tolktolk Send a private message to tolktolk Dec 4 2012, 4:02am
    NZ Herald Review shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:03am
        Two More! shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:07am
            ... and More! shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:10am
        alrigh Wordofmask Send a private message to Wordofmask Dec 4 2012, 5:08am
            HitFix gives it a "B" Dogsofwar Send a private message to Dogsofwar Dec 4 2012, 5:11am
        Huffington Post reviews 48fps shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:12am
        Cinamablend, Movieline, shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:16am
            Hmmmmmm.... Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Dec 4 2012, 5:41am
        5 more shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:21am
        More, more, more! comingsoon, screencrush, slashfilm, shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:34am
            I might have to wipe my tears of sadness and retire for the night...with my bottle of Jack. // Maiarmike Send a private message to Maiarmike Dec 4 2012, 5:35am
                not as bad as I thought Wordofmask Send a private message to Wordofmask Dec 4 2012, 5:38am
                    Concerned Danielos Send a private message to Danielos Dec 4 2012, 7:24am
                        I don't think I could take it.... Elutherian Send a private message to Elutherian Dec 4 2012, 7:26am
                            I think you're exaggerating. Aragorn the Elfstone Send a private message to Aragorn the Elfstone Dec 4 2012, 7:32am
                                Looking at RT right now... Elutherian Send a private message to Elutherian Dec 4 2012, 7:45am
                            Do you think PJ can get back in DOS? Wordofmask Send a private message to Wordofmask Dec 4 2012, 7:32am
                                80% so far on rottentomatoes.com Dogsofwar Send a private message to Dogsofwar Dec 4 2012, 7:46am
        "Martin Freeman's Bilbo is clearly the best screen embodiment of a hobbit yet." Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Dec 4 2012, 5:36am
        The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Does What the 'Star Wars' Prequels Failed to Do shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:38am
        Yahoo News! We’ve seen it, and it’s a welcome return to Middle-earthl shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:40am
            Trolls, Thorin pics? shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:42am
    First Rotten Tomatoes review is up! easterlingchief1 Send a private message to easterlingchief1 Dec 4 2012, 5:07am
    Review from Garfeimeo from TORn Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Dec 4 2012, 5:19am
        Andy Serkis chazychris Send a private message to chazychris Dec 4 2012, 5:38am
    Review from MrCere from TORn Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Dec 4 2012, 5:21am
    www.screendaily.com - 'his battle scenes have a mythic grandeur' shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 5:56am
        The large strectch b/w premier and public showing is wrong Metal Slug Send a private message to Metal Slug Dec 4 2012, 6:03am
            just read a conclusion passage Wordofmask Send a private message to Wordofmask Dec 4 2012, 6:11am
                No more reviews for me chazychris Send a private message to chazychris Dec 4 2012, 6:14am
    Review: 'The Hobbit' At 48 FPS: A Frame Rate Fiasco? shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 6:01am
    The Hobbit’: Prequel Offers Expected — and Excessive — Thrills in an Overstuffed First Film shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 6:05am
    So, Azog is aifeme Send a private message to aifeme Dec 4 2012, 6:18am
        Azog redgiraffe Send a private message to redgiraffe Dec 4 2012, 6:29am
            I've seen a couple of other reviews duats Send a private message to duats Dec 4 2012, 6:29am
            I hope so! aifeme Send a private message to aifeme Dec 4 2012, 6:30am
    Review Snippet Compilation shadowfaux Send a private message to shadowfaux Dec 4 2012, 6:40am
    I'm pleased so far HiddenSpring Send a private message to HiddenSpring Dec 4 2012, 6:42am
        Pretty much where I stand... Cave Troll Send a private message to Cave Troll Dec 4 2012, 7:27am
            There are a lot of divisive things about The Hobbit. Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Dec 4 2012, 7:47am
                I agree Cave Troll Send a private message to Cave Troll Dec 4 2012, 7:55am
                I really do not care for "critics" zecharas Send a private message to zecharas Dec 4 2012, 8:04am
                    Agree with you 100 % Gusev8 Send a private message to Gusev8 Dec 4 2012, 8:08am
                I hope Wordofmask Send a private message to Wordofmask Dec 4 2012, 8:06am
                The following quote highlights one of the biggest concerns/problems for me AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Dec 4 2012, 10:47am
                    First Post On Review's BornOutOfTheWest Send a private message to BornOutOfTheWest Dec 4 2012, 11:03am
    Oh, and Christopher Lee is getting some great reviews! HiddenSpring Send a private message to HiddenSpring Dec 4 2012, 6:44am
    AICN review duats Send a private message to duats Dec 4 2012, 6:49am
    Rotten Tomatoes Score is Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 7:46am
    Seems to me that the real winner in all of this is... Nightwing Send a private message to Nightwing Dec 4 2012, 8:12am
        Why Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 8:15am
            80% on RT so far Mooseboy018 Send a private message to Mooseboy018 Dec 4 2012, 8:19am
                ha ha Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 8:21am
                    This may be an extreme case... Mooseboy018 Send a private message to Mooseboy018 Dec 4 2012, 8:28am
                        Also is a mess is Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 8:29am
                        The content is worrying Darthy Send a private message to Darthy Dec 4 2012, 8:35am
                            Average are hard to gauge Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 8:38am
                                Possible, but not likely imo. Darthy Send a private message to Darthy Dec 4 2012, 8:43am
                                It's too early Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Dec 4 2012, 8:43am
                                    exactly too soon Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 8:45am
                                        82 from RT now Wordofmask Send a private message to Wordofmask Dec 4 2012, 9:15am
                            Blindfolds? Danielos Send a private message to Danielos Dec 4 2012, 9:13am
                                Irritating? Mooseboy018 Send a private message to Mooseboy018 Dec 4 2012, 9:26am
        Right MrCere Send a private message to MrCere Dec 4 2012, 4:57pm
    Hobbit on 62 on metacritict Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 8:40am
    Review @ Nerdist.com Runk Snusgrop Send a private message to Runk Snusgrop Dec 4 2012, 8:45am
    Here's Devin's review duats Send a private message to duats Dec 4 2012, 8:52am
    I found this amusing demnation Send a private message to demnation Dec 4 2012, 9:00am
    Now on 82 on rotten tomatoes Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 9:12am
        Even the positive reviews don't seem that positive. Darthy Send a private message to Darthy Dec 4 2012, 9:28am
            Is that not a symptom... Cave Troll Send a private message to Cave Troll Dec 4 2012, 9:40am
                But the problems don't seem to be about simple comparsion. Darthy Send a private message to Darthy Dec 4 2012, 9:42am
                    too long Mooseboy018 Send a private message to Mooseboy018 Dec 4 2012, 9:51am
                        Still have a good feeling Darthy Send a private message to Darthy Dec 4 2012, 9:57am
                            Too many dwarves Danielos Send a private message to Danielos Dec 4 2012, 10:57am
                                That really wouldn't have gone down well with fans ... / DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 4 2012, 11:01am
                                    Fan? Danielos Send a private message to Danielos Dec 4 2012, 11:30am
                                        I disagree Cave Troll Send a private message to Cave Troll Dec 4 2012, 11:36am
                                            It seems like the biggest problem with most reviews so far jtarkey Send a private message to jtarkey Dec 4 2012, 11:45am
                                                Interesting feature of the reviews so far Lacrimae Rerum Send a private message to Lacrimae Rerum Dec 4 2012, 12:05pm
                                            also it would make them more.... Balrogslunch Send a private message to Balrogslunch Dec 4 2012, 11:49am
                                        Seems I missed "majority of fans" in my above post. DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 4 2012, 11:55am
                                            I am not worried by any of the reviews. The Preciousss Send a private message to The Preciousss Dec 4 2012, 12:12pm
                                                I LOVE THIS GUY ElendurTheFaithful Send a private message to ElendurTheFaithful Dec 4 2012, 12:16pm
                                                    That guy seems to have a rabid hatred of Tolkien... Crunchable Birdses Send a private message to Crunchable Birdses Dec 4 2012, 12:21pm
                                                        a ElendurTheFaithful Send a private message to ElendurTheFaithful Dec 4 2012, 12:26pm
                                Nevertheless, I agree. Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Dec 4 2012, 5:41pm
                    I'm sure those are valid criticisms... Cave Troll Send a private message to Cave Troll Dec 4 2012, 9:57am
                        quote of the night Mooseboy018 Send a private message to Mooseboy018 Dec 4 2012, 10:01am
                            I thank you Cave Troll Send a private message to Cave Troll Dec 4 2012, 10:03am
                        And don't forget. Mooseboy018 Send a private message to Mooseboy018 Dec 4 2012, 10:04am
                I agree. Mooseboy018 Send a private message to Mooseboy018 Dec 4 2012, 9:47am
                    if they want something BIG about emotion Wordofmask Send a private message to Wordofmask Dec 4 2012, 9:55am
                    AUJ seems to be a very light movie with a lot of silliness thrown in... sharpened_graphite Send a private message to sharpened_graphite Dec 4 2012, 10:09am
    I think this is my favourite review so far Balrogslunch Send a private message to Balrogslunch Dec 4 2012, 10:57am
        It also confirms ... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 4 2012, 11:04am
            Happy to hear that! dubulous Send a private message to dubulous Dec 4 2012, 1:16pm
            Another review now says it's Old Bilbo who narrates the prologue. / DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 4 2012, 6:31pm
                That's strange i'm sure i read somewhere it was Galadriel? BornOutOfTheWest Send a private message to BornOutOfTheWest Dec 4 2012, 6:32pm
                    Yup! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 4 2012, 6:37pm
    On Bloatedness Glóin the Dark Send a private message to Glóin the Dark Dec 4 2012, 12:22pm
    Now on 75 on RT // Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 12:51pm
        Now on 77 RT // Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 1:10pm
            I hope the film is as exciting as this ;-) / DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 4 2012, 1:15pm
            Down to 71% now... Glóin the Dark Send a private message to Glóin the Dark Dec 4 2012, 1:53pm
                RT Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Dec 4 2012, 2:04pm
                    Well I'm not sure about that hatred bit. Lacrimae Rerum Send a private message to Lacrimae Rerum Dec 4 2012, 2:19pm
                        It's not hatred, they're just criticisms that don't bother me lgghanem Send a private message to lgghanem Dec 4 2012, 4:42pm
                McCarthy talkingmongoose Send a private message to talkingmongoose Dec 4 2012, 2:49pm
                    McCarthy's review and misconceptions lgghanem Send a private message to lgghanem Dec 4 2012, 4:37pm
                        It really should stand on its own as a complete film... Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Dec 4 2012, 5:52pm
                            up to 73%, 11 fresh, 4 rotten ElendurTheFaithful Send a private message to ElendurTheFaithful Dec 4 2012, 5:54pm
                            I agree with this to a certain extent Tim Send a private message to Tim Dec 4 2012, 5:59pm
                                Past LOTR Reviews BornOutOfTheWest Send a private message to BornOutOfTheWest Dec 4 2012, 6:27pm
                            It probably will feel a complete film that nonetheless needs a continuation lgghanem Send a private message to lgghanem Dec 4 2012, 7:02pm
                                A Change of heart? blakeyamc Send a private message to blakeyamc Dec 4 2012, 7:48pm
                It will be in flux for a while I think Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 5:02pm
    otherwise meaning Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 12:59pm
    I think we should all pick out the most negative thing said by someone Tim Send a private message to Tim Dec 4 2012, 3:41pm
        agree Balrogslunch Send a private message to Balrogslunch Dec 4 2012, 3:44pm
        Why do people emphasize the bad reviews zecharas Send a private message to zecharas Dec 4 2012, 3:55pm
            It's what makes the world go round! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 4 2012, 4:13pm
            From richest to poorest nations Tim Send a private message to Tim Dec 4 2012, 4:42pm
    78 on RT Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Dec 4 2012, 9:32pm
    Reviews Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Dec 7 2012, 6:49pm

 
 
 

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