1. #3681
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    I saw this at midnight yesturday so I took some time to dwell on what I saw, especially considering the lukewarm critic reviews it has been getting, and make sure my review was not my reaction but a fair and honest critique of how good of a film it is, and how enjoyable it is to watch. I also do not want to compare this to the Lord of the Rings because comparing those would be like comparing Tim Burton's Batman and Christopher Nolan's the Dark Knight, both were good movies on the same characters and source material yet both two completely different adaptions of it.

    It is similar with the Hobbit in the fact that it's tone, stakes, and such are all different than the Lord of the Rings, if Bilbo died middle earth wouldn't have been doomed like it would have been if Frodo failed, in fact (although you know later in the story Bilbo is essential to the Dwarves expedition) in this movie it seems if Bilbo died it wouldn't hurt even the Dwarves expedition which gives more of a personal touch and relativeness with Bilbo (who was brilliantly portrayed by Martin Freeman, in one of my favorite performances by an actor this year).

    With this the Hobbit is in and of itself its own movie and should be reviewed as such and not as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings (because all though it may serve that purpose, the Hobbit is not essential to enjoy the Lord of the Rings nor the Lord of the Rings to enjoy the Hobbit. It just gives a more complete experience if you have seen them both), and when you take the burden away of having to reach the same level the Return of the King reached, and expecting the Hobbit to have a similar tone and portrayel, the Hobbit is much more enjoyable and can be viewd as how it is intended to be viewed. (Which most critics didn't since pretty much every negative review was because of 48 fps and that the Hobbit was no Lord of the Rings)

    Now as for the movie itself, the visuals first are absolutely stunning (and im curious to see how the 48 fps changes or enhances that) and it is complimented with a great soundtrack with some of the familar Middle Earth vibes but also completely new powerful anthems that live up to the old ones. And although there is some CGI that looks a little iffy (such as the Goblin King and the Defiler) for the majority of it the CGI is blended well with the realism and was a great benefit to the film. (especially with the new look for gollum which looked even more real and stunning). I also loved then nods to the book's songs without making The Hobbit a broadway esque musical which it didn't need to be.

    Next, the acting is brilliant especially with Freeman (as Bilbo), Mckellan (Gandalf), and Serkis (Gollum), every actor played their roles perfectly and had an extrordinary artistic appeal to how it was spoken in regards to three I mentioned above. And although there are a couple familar thematic points of the Lord of the Rings in this (Gandalf's speech about sparing a life to be the most obvious) it really does shine, especially with some strong and powerful moments near the end of the movie (Riddles in the Dark and Bilbo's escape, and the end Out of the Frying Pan scene with Bilbo's unexpected actions that caught me by surprise but I also unexpectedly approved of).

    If I really had to shed any true complaints about this movie, it's that although I know Radagast's part in this, I found his character to be portrayed awfully cheesely, and I by no means am calling The Hobbit's binks or anything close to that, I am saying he was a low point for the movie. I also wasn't fond of the defiler orc character, he had his part to play, but I felt like they could have done him better and that they could have made him a bit more menacing than he really was.

    Overall, The Hobbit is a very strong movie that stands on its own two feet and gives a good solid ground for the next two in the trilogy which I eagerly await. And although this wasn't a perfect movie, it was a very, very strong one which is regarded as one of this years best (though not really the best for me this year, sadly) despite it's lukewarm controversy it has wrongly been recieving putting it really as a vastly underrated movie by critics, although it seems that it will definitely be something that every Tolkien fan, and even casual moviegoer will adore.

    8.75/10 for The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey.
    Last edited by Markluzz; 2012-12-15 at 10:47 PM.

  2. #3682
    I just went to see the Hobbit.

    I must say, I was rather impressed. I thought it would be kinda bad.

    The whole plot was rather good. I just loved it.

    Oh, and the 3D, it wasn't bad, at all, I seriously hate 3D movies but this one was amazingly well done, my eyes didn't get "hurt". This one, along with The Avatar, are my favourite 3D movies.


  3. #3683
    The Hobbit 7.5/10

    The Good: Visuals and landscape are fantastic very reminiscent of LOTR trilogy. The music is fantastic as always, though they do use alot of familiar tunes. Martin Freeman was great. I was really concerned about him when I heard he was cast but he was more than up to the task. The old faces were nice to see as well.

    The Bad: They really had some unnecessary scenes, Radagast scenes, The ending, the rock giants, and the council scene (interesting but unnecessary and took us away from the dwarfs and Bilbo for too long), just to name a few. Bilbo seems to get lost quite a bit, the story should focus on him but it bounces all over the place. The movie also seems confuse about who its audience is. Just when you think its for movie fans we get hit with a bunch of lore scene then when its staying true to the book it veers off in its own direction completely ignoring the book. Then its making poop and snot jokes and when you start believing this is going to be a more kid friendly movie someones head gets lopped off. Agog the defiler serves no purpose and only fills screen time. Horribly developed villain. The running time, I love long movies and will only ever watch the extended editions of LOTR but their was alot of fat that could have been cut.
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  4. #3684
    All these good reviews for the Hobbit...awesome, film is playing across the street from my house so I'm pumped. Glad to read that people think Freeman did a good job, I was kindof skeptical as to how he'd do after watching a few of the previews.

    The Shining -- 8.5/10, continuing my Stanley Kubrick marathon. Loved Jack Nicholson but Shelley Duvall was just...I can't put my finger on it but there was something off about her performance, it wasn't bad but it could have been better. The ending was interesting, I don't remember it being in the book...lots of differences from the source material in general but everyone here probably knows that, I'm probably the last person on earth who hasn't seen this movie :P

    Dr. Strangelove and Clockwork Orange next.

  5. #3685
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 10/10

    I could easily had sit for another 3 hours in the chinema after the ending, this movie is way better than I expected. The movie already deserved 10/10 from the very beginning, it was so awesome to hear the familiar music and see great characters like Bilbo and Gandalf once again, and the Dwarven capital city of Eredor was astonishing. One of my favorite parts of the movie was definatly the Dwarfs, they were exactly how dwarfs were supposed to be like and some of the most likeable characters you could imagine.

    The only negative thing I can say about the movie is that I have to wait for the next movie to be released, I'm pretty sure this is going to be the first movie I'll watch twice in the chinema.

  6. #3686
    The Hobbit - 10/10. Don't listen to the critics, they have no idea what they are talking about.

  7. #3687
    So, would someone who has watched absolutely zero LotR movies still enjoy The Hobbit? Should I make a point to watch the LotR movies first, or would I get as much enjoyment without watching them first?

  8. #3688
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    The Hobbit 10... ah THATS NOT ENOUGH !

    12 / 10

    I did not want it to end, I cursed that damn ending, I did not want to stay up from that Cinema chair. In comparison with almost every film thats based on a book, the hobbit is so god damn close to the original book that I have in my hands right now. (Started reading right after the cinema to compare).

    The music was absolutely fantastic, did not expect something else. I did watched it in 2d and still, looked pretty awesome.
    WATCH IT !

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    Quote Originally Posted by icedwarrior View Post
    So, would someone who has watched absolutely zero LotR movies still enjoy The Hobbit? Should I make a point to watch the LotR movies first, or would I get as much enjoyment without watching them first?

    well the hobbit is set before the LOTRO films, so you wouldn't miss out on anything by not watching it, but they are good films, you should watch anyway
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    It was loads of fun and lots of good music. The acting was great as well. My only complaint is that the villainess seemed to change her tune rather quickly and easily. Loved that Iggy Pop was in it. Shame that he didn't sing anything.

  11. #3691
    The Hobbit 15/10. saw it not in 3D. Going next Saturday to see it again in 3D
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    The Hobbit. 9/10

  13. #3693
    The Hobbit 100/10

    Absolutely amazing, Jackson did it again. Clearest most vivid images I've ever seen in a film and the most perfect 3D ever, combined with what is without the aforementioned the first part of one of the best films ever made.

  14. #3694
    to break the Hobbit nerdgasms (no offense! I like the movie)

    Clockwork Orange -> 10/10 Nothing will equal this masterpiece for me.
    The Dark Knight -> 7/10 Heath was good, not that good. Prefered the first movie (but Scarecrow is my most beloved villain)
    I spit on your grave -> 6.5/10 Only the way she murdered people was intruiging
    Human Centipede -> 8/10 Would've been better if the ending didn't feel so rushed.
    Human Centipede 2 -> There are no numbers to describe this.. -2/10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icedwarrior View Post
    So, would someone who has watched absolutely zero LotR movies still enjoy The Hobbit? Should I make a point to watch the LotR movies first, or would I get as much enjoyment without watching them first?
    Technically watching the Hobbit first works well.

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    Prometheus: 6/10

    Had a lot of potential but went in too many weird directions. Too many characters did things that real people wouldn't do. Really takes you out of the story. Idris Elba was the best part of the movie.

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    Was Hobbit REALLY that good? I couldn't stand the LOTR movies, but then again I watched them when I was younger.

  18. #3698
    The Hobbit 10/10
    Seven Psychopaths 9/10

    Both great movies, 7 psychopaths has some rly rly funny bits and a few twists i definitely wasn't expecting. Hobbit as i hoped was brilliant, just wounded i have to wait a year for the 2nd 1 now

  19. #3699
    the hobbit - 9/10
    it was excellent, gave it a 9 cause although the 48 fps version was amazing it still needs some tweeking i think

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