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Official Hobbit Review Thread #27 - Please post all Hobbit movie reviews in here (or why not re-post yours?)

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Dec 19 2012, 4:56pm

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Official Hobbit Review Thread #27 - Please post all Hobbit movie reviews in here (or why not re-post yours?) Can't Post

FYI, we'll probably keep these going through sometime next week to give Aussies, parents with kids getting out of school, and everyone else who hasn't seen the movie yet a chance to post their reviews. If your review is back in one of the first review threads, feel free to re-post it here for reading and discussion.

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Dec 19 2012, 8:01pm

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I now have a new appreciation for Dwarves. The introductory scene about the destruction of Erebor and Dale by Smaug was stunning. I also appreciated the tie-in with Lord of the Rings, showing what Bilbo and Frodo were up to right before they came into the story in Fellowship of the Ring and, of course, Sir Ian Holm's narration, "In a hole in the ground..." was very welcome.

Actually, I loved that so many lines from the book were in the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the “crack the plates” song and the Dwarves singing their “Over the Misty Mountains” song.

Martin Freeman is the perfect Bilbo. He is an excellent actor. His facial expressions, body language, and tones of voice were always spot-on. The Riddles in the Dark scene was particularly good. The other Sir Ian (McKellan) is the perfect Gandalf he has always been. I particularly liked Hugo Weaving’s Elrond in this. He looked as elegant as always and I loved seeing him out hunting Orc.

The Dwarves were good, too. Richard Armitage was an amazing Thorin. “There is one I would follow,” indeed. Kili, Balin, and Bofur were my favorites aside from Thorin. I noticed the little moments between Thorin and his nephews.

The movie was stunning to look at, from costumes to scenery to effects. My mother, who saw the movie with me, said she thought the CGI was better than in the Lord of the Rings movies. I kind of missed the real actors in prosthetics you had so often in the Lord of the Rings movies, which brings me to my little nitpicks.

I didn’t care for the whole Azog thing. They had enough trouble with Goblins coming already and they had the Troll scene. I did like the troll scene and had no problems with how that went down, though it would have been nice if Galdalf had finished in line, “...and be stone to you.” I even liked how Bilbo came to Thorin’s aid at the end there but there was too much Azog. It could’ve been Goblins from the mountain on the Wargs, as it was in the book.

I also didn’t care for Radagast at first. Really, the bird poop down the side of his face was silly. However, I didn’t mind him as much on the second viewing.

Anyway, it was a beautiful movie. Howard Shore’s score definitely sang me home. I saw the movie twice, once in 3D, once in 2D. Both were, I believe, at regular speed. I had Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit read to me by my mother multiple times when I was a small child and read them for myself multiple times. My last re-read for both was this past Summer.


Dec 19 2012, 9:06pm

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Tol Eressea

Dec 19 2012, 9:47pm

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Just got back from seeing The Hobbit. **SPOILERS** [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, we had to stop on the way home and eat something -- for some reason we were weak with hunger. Couldn't be from all that time sitting tensely on the edge of our seats!

We (OhioHobbit and I) loved it. There were a few things we didn't care much for, but we can put up with a few Peterisms in order to get him directing this film.

The opening scenes were wonderful, didn't think it dragged at all. The whole movie flew by -- first thing we knew it was over! Mad

It was nice to see Frodo and Bilbo, Dale and the Dwarf kingdom were spectacular. Seeing the destruction Smaug caused makes one happy not to have a dragon in the neighborhood.

Speaking for myself (won't include my poor husband in this), evidently, dwarves are HOT!

The individuality of each dwarf stood out for us. Loved them all. Were not quite as pleased with Radagast. Too much Azog! The Goblin King wasn't as bad and I thought he would be; OhioHobbit liked him.

Loved Rivendell and would have like more -- could have taken some from the Goblin Town and given it to Rivendell. We were so impressed with Martin Freeman's Bilbo. We also wanted more of the soundtrack -- it was perfect.

The last scene with Smaug was terrific. Can hardly wait to see more of him. It will be hard to wait a year for the next installment!


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