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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Movie Reviews

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04/08/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Unerwartet

Unerwartet mag das richtige Wort sein, denn nach zehn Jahren bringt Peter Jackson nun Tolkiens viel weniger umfangreiches und freundlicheres Kinderbuch The Hobbit als Dreiteiler auf die Leinwand. Tolkiens netter Roman wird genauso aufgeblasen wie Peter Jacksons vorige Trilogie und das funktioniert, indem alle Konfrontationen, die Hintergrundgeschichte und jedes Detail ihren Raum bekommen. Mehr noch: Jackson baut Querverweise zum Ring auf, die das Buch gar nicht kennt. Genauso unerwartet kommt die technische Seite daher: The Hobbit wurde mit dem HFR Verfahren, High Frame Rate hergestellt: 48 Bilder pro Sekunde statt bis dato 24. Jackson auf der Mission, die Welt von der neu entdeckten Schärfe zu überzeugen! Kein Zweifel, Jackson ging mit Elan und Spass ans Werk und der britische Komiker Ma...

 

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06/09/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" by Yojimbo

Gandalf "volunteers" an unassuming hobbit to aid a dwarf prince in reclaiming his once great kingdom, lost to a terrifying dragon. Peter Jackson delves once more into the world of Middle Earth in this story set many years before the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, but it becomes increasingly obvious that the source material is stretched to the very limit. The plot, such as it is, is nothing more than the group travelling to a mountain and being chased along the way by a tag team of cartoon monsters. Once again Jackson displays a penchant for allowing narrative story telling to take a back seat to unnecessary visual spectacle, the escape from the goblin caves in particular just looks like someone playing a level from a video game. The flimsy plot, songs and sentimentality combines with a satura...

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06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

A lot of fans, including myself, were taken by surprise when reviews of An Unexpected Journey were mixed to positive at best. People questioned Jackson's decision to return to Middle Earth, and even more questioned the decision to expand the film into 3 films. Now that I've seen the film multiple times, I am confident that Peter Jackson is the only person I trust that can bring Middle Earth to life on the screen. An Unexpected Journey is a highly entertaining and satisfying tale but not without a few flaws. Two of the big problems I had with the film were the slow beginning and heavy use of CGI. This film takes its time in the early moments, but the film as a whole doesn't drag. The Hobbit relies heavily on computer generated orcs/creatures unlike LotR; I personally found the CGI to be po...

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06/04/2013 (0 of 2 found this helpful)

Pseudo-epic prequel of the epic LOTR

Peter Jackson is back! The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey , is really unexpected. His previous blockbuster epic LOTR (Lord of the Rings) ended with a brilliant mark. Now he has entered to bring back the prequel. I am right. The Hobbit is a prequel to the LOTR. With a hefty runtime of 169 minutes, The Hobbit is a patience tester. The real feeling of it being the prequel, comes when Golem arrives on screen. Until then, the gone 120 minutes seemed too idiotic and rather forceful with back to back action scenes at every interval. I cared for the purpose here. For example: Bilbo Baggins played by Martin Freeman, spends his time in his house with unwanted guests fighting and singing in the dinner table that runs for forty five minutes into the movie. Where is the fun? What is the purpose? There ...

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03/27/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Hoping for next films to be far better :)

Suddenly became a part of a journey with thirteen other dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself on an adventure he never expected.

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I can't remember why I didn't expect this movie to be as fun as it is. Maybe I thought it would be an adventure-packed one, though I am not saying that it failed on an adventure category. Gollum, oh my! He is so cute on this movie, I think his parts were the funniest and most enjoyable scene in the movie.

As a prequel to a very famous trilogy, I felt like this movie fell short in some aspects yet still managed to make all the viewers enjoy the film. I saw the trilogy (LOTR) and in terms of action and adventure perse, this first installment of the hobbit seemed to save something for the next installment. Yes, we all know that a single book is set to b...

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3/4 

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02/27/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Fun with Dwarves

I found the movie to be exceptionally well done. I loved Martin Freeman as Bilbo, just a fanatic casting choice. He has the right feel of average and extraordinary. This was always my favorite of the books, may be because I love dwarves, and I feel they did a great job with it. I personally like that they are taking their time telling the story, but I could see that being an issue with less devoted fans. The Hobbit is funnier and lighter than the Lord of the Rings, but that is something I've always liked about it. I hope people with stick with the story, which is one of the great straight adventure stories. On a technical note they did a fantastic job getting all the heights to be right in every single scene. It is really very remarkable. Can't wait for more dwarves!

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4/4 

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01/05/2013 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey review

The only characters worth investing your time on are Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and Thorin Oakenshield. This reviewer feels the picture suffers due to its length (trying to rush the characters or just plain overwriting), overloaded action sequences (wish in this raters opinion was missing from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)/characters, emphasis on visual effects rather than appropriate plot points and the sluggish pace in most scenes. On the positives: the score, certain camera direction, cinematography and screenplay were effective. Some nice quotes: Thorin - "Loyalty, honor, a willing heart, I can ask for no more than that." Gandalf - "It's the little things that are important! Love or an act of kindness that are the things that k...

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2.5/4 

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12/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Set sixty years before “The Lord of the Rings,” a Hobbit named, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), is picked by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to journey across Middle Earth with thirteen Dwarves to reclaim their homeland from a giant dragon. I think the biggest problem with the film is that it tries to show too much - as if Director Peter Jackson tries to capture and film everything that happens in the book. Films based on books usually have to be cut back, because they would just be too long, but Jackson seems determined to make three films out of one single book. The film is way to lengthy, at times looks like a video game, and just doesn't quite have the soul and majesty of the Lord of the Rings films. I liked Martin Freeman as Bilbo, a sort o...

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3/4 

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12/17/2012 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

"The Hobbit" is easily the best movie of the year

Peter Jackson has done it again, with an utterly brilliant adaption of the first third of the classic novel “The Hobbit”, augmented for the better with material from the Appendix of “Return Of The King.” Ignore the naysayers who say the movie is too slow (it’s not), technically deficient (it has some of the best special effects and production design ever put to film) and lacks emotional punch (try to keep dry eyed during the dwarf “hug” at the end of the movie). The movie is as close to perfect as possible. It starts exactly the way it should with an older Bilbo talking to Frodo just before the start of “Fellowship Of The Ring”, which includes an utterly fantastic flashback sequence involving the destruction of the Dwarven kingdom of Erebor by the dragon Smaug. There is another flas...

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12/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Best Lord of the Rings Film to Date

Note: I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the standard 2-D 24fps format, rather than the 3-D or 48fps format.

You've likely heard of the surprising critical reaction to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit. While the reviews have not been negative, they've been very mixed, and they're certainly not garnering the critical success of the first three films. If the mixed reaction from critics is keeping you from seeing The Hobbit, ignore what they say. The Hobbit tops all three of it's predecessors, and provides an engaging and entertaining experience for Tolkien fans and newcomers.

For those unfamiliar with the plot; here goes. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is an adaption of the first 100 pages of J.R.R. Tolkien's book (The Hobbit). Bilbo Baggins, a peacef...

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