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One Reviews Thread to Rule them all ... (EMBARGO LIFTS: 9 PM PST)
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Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Dec 4 2012, 5:41am

Post #126 of 237 (1880 views)
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Hmmmmmm.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Raddy's sled is chased by an "Orc army", Raddy discovers the Necro may be Sauron, most of the Dwarves supposedly "all blend together", and still can't figure out whether the Bilbo/Frodo bookend or Erebor prologue come first (or run concurrently).

It seems like AUJ will imperfect but still dang good, based on these first reviews. That's a relief.

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, 5:42am

Post #127 of 237 (1961 views)
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Trolls, Thorin pics? [In reply to] Can't Post

These look new to me!

review


entmaiden
Forum Admin / Moderator


Dec 4 2012, 5:42am

Post #128 of 237 (1955 views)
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Wow - I had very low expectations [In reply to] Can't Post

of FOTR. Having lived through the previous attempts to film LOTR, I was fully expecting disaster.

For The Hobbit, I have almost no stress, and it's my favorite book. I know that everyone involved in the films are committed to making Tolkien's story come alive, so I know I will love it.


Dogsofwar
The Shire

Dec 4 2012, 5:54am

Post #129 of 237 (1822 views)
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IGN really liked it [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.ign.com/...ected-journey-review


shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 5:56am

Post #130 of 237 (1787 views)
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www.screendaily.com - 'his battle scenes have a mythic grandeur' [In reply to] Can't Post

screendaily.com review:

Jackson’s dynamic dramatic sense is such that his battle scenes have a mythic grandeur to them, successful achieving a storybook sweep that has little concern for realism.



shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 6:01am

Post #131 of 237 (1803 views)
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Review: 'The Hobbit' At 48 FPS: A Frame Rate Fiasco? [In reply to] Can't Post

http://movieline.com/2012/12/04/hobbit-48-fps-frame-rate-fiasco-review-peter-jackson/


Metal Slug
Rivendell

Dec 4 2012, 6:03am

Post #132 of 237 (1645 views)
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The large strectch b/w premier and public showing is wrong [In reply to] Can't Post

How will I ever make it until the 14th? I'll know the entire story and dialogue by then. Crazy


shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 6:05am

Post #133 of 237 (1765 views)
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The Hobbit’: Prequel Offers Expected — and Excessive — Thrills in an Overstuffed First Film [In reply to] Can't Post

More on the negative side


Wordofmask
Lorien

Dec 4 2012, 6:11am

Post #134 of 237 (1630 views)
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just read a conclusion passage [In reply to] Can't Post

Then we will safe from spoied.


chazychris
The Shire


Dec 4 2012, 6:14am

Post #135 of 237 (1651 views)
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No more reviews for me [In reply to] Can't Post

I just read a detail I would have preferred not having spoiled . . . I'm out of here! See you all in 10 days! (If I have the willpower haha)

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


aifeme
Rivendell


Dec 4 2012, 6:18am

Post #136 of 237 (1711 views)
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So, Azog is [In reply to] Can't Post

100% CGI. Don't think it's good news.


redgiraffe
Rohan

Dec 4 2012, 6:29am

Post #137 of 237 (1432 views)
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Azog [In reply to] Can't Post

I saw that as well. It's possible he meant the Great Goblin because we all know he is CGI.

-Sir are you classified as human
-Negative, I am a meat-popsicle


duats
Grey Havens

Dec 4 2012, 6:29am

Post #138 of 237 (1490 views)
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I've seen a couple of other reviews [In reply to] Can't Post

Note that Azog is completely CGI.


aifeme
Rivendell


Dec 4 2012, 6:30am

Post #139 of 237 (1435 views)
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I hope so! [In reply to] Can't Post

Laugh


shadowfaux
Bree

Dec 4 2012, 6:40am

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Review Snippet Compilation [In reply to] Can't Post

Relatively spoiler-free, it says:

See What the Critics Think

A similar synopsis from Eonline:
The Hobbit Early Reviews Are In...and They're Mixed!


(This post was edited by shadowfaux on Dec 4 2012, 6:43am)


HiddenSpring
Lorien

Dec 4 2012, 6:42am

Post #141 of 237 (1466 views)
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I'm pleased so far [In reply to] Can't Post

Basically the negatives were all to be expected. It was inevitable that the film would feel bloated after the 3-film decision, and the likely CGI excesses hardly come as a surprise after all we've seen. But there's also a lot of great stuff being written, such as Jackson being able to evoke a child's imagination and the film having a mythic splendor to it. It seems that the movie works particularly well when it's about storytelling. So, yes... so far, so good!


HiddenSpring
Lorien

Dec 4 2012, 6:44am

Post #142 of 237 (1444 views)
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Oh, and Christopher Lee is getting some great reviews! [In reply to] Can't Post

Really, really looking forward to his scenes!


duats
Grey Havens

Dec 4 2012, 6:49am

Post #143 of 237 (1513 views)
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AICN review [In reply to] Can't Post

Not so positive:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/59869


(This post was edited by duats on Dec 4 2012, 6:49am)


Danielos
Rohan

Dec 4 2012, 7:24am

Post #144 of 237 (1193 views)
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Concerned [In reply to] Can't Post

I think the reviews are suprisingly lukewarm and negative. I think we might be in for a little disappointment.


Elutherian
Rohan


Dec 4 2012, 7:26am

Post #145 of 237 (1125 views)
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I don't think I could take it.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Literally.

I don't think it would be possible for me to ever get excited about seeing a film again if this is truly as bad as critics are saying.

The Grey Pilgrim, they once called me. Three hundred lives of men I walked this earth, and now I have no time...


Cave Troll
Rivendell

Dec 4 2012, 7:27am

Post #146 of 237 (1075 views)
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Pretty much where I stand... [In reply to] Can't Post

With all the baggage, bloat and Phantom Menace connections being drawn, all the "good but not great" reviews are fine by me.


Aragorn the Elfstone
Grey Havens


Dec 4 2012, 7:32am

Post #147 of 237 (1038 views)
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I think you're exaggerating. [In reply to] Can't Post

Some are less than impressed. But I haven't read any reviews that are saying the film is outright bad. This was always a possibility. Following up LotR meant high expectations. Lots of reviews are talking about the lighter tone as if it's a negative - missing the point that the book itself is lighter.

There's also a lot of negativity surrounding the 48fps. That's certainly feeding a lot of these negative reactions.

"All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men. That they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible."
- T.E. Lawrence


Wordofmask
Lorien

Dec 4 2012, 7:32am

Post #148 of 237 (1053 views)
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Do you think PJ can get back in DOS? [In reply to] Can't Post

I know he has shootting 3 films in a row. If the first is not as good as it shoule be then the next would take the risk.

but there is one year b4 DOS arrive maybe he can do a better thing in time.


Elutherian
Rohan


Dec 4 2012, 7:45am

Post #149 of 237 (998 views)
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Looking at RT right now... [In reply to] Can't Post

...It's got a 75%, average rating of 6.6/10, not one single glowing review. Just a handful of lukewarms and straight up negatives.

My worst fears are coming true.

The Grey Pilgrim, they once called me. Three hundred lives of men I walked this earth, and now I have no time...


Dogsofwar
The Shire

Dec 4 2012, 7:46am

Post #150 of 237 (1063 views)
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80% so far on rottentomatoes.com [In reply to] Can't Post

8/10 being positive so far. I have a feeling this will end somewhere between 65-70% once all is said and done. All of the reviews seem to say if you are a Tolkien junkie then you will love it, so Im thinking that will still bode well for us. Twitter reponse from fans who have seen it at screenings has also been extremely positive. Cant wait to be my own judge!

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