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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie, December 14, 2012
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This review is from: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD)
I have four words for you: Erebor, Thranduil, Rivendell, and Elrond. (In order of appearance, of course!)

This movie was absolutely gorgeous. Costumes, effects, design, everything was amazing. The Radagast sections didn't need to be quite so long but I do appreciate that PJ's trying to get the Dol Goldur/Necromancer bits in. Similarly, Galadriel's comments about Angmar and Rhudaur probably will be incomprehensible to the average watcher but they do hold a deeper significance. (Elrond's 'watchful peace' comment, anyone?)

You can tell where the scenes slow a bit - in a more 'taking our sweet time telling the story' fashion - but it does take some energy from the Lord of the Rings in its battle scenes. It is a fresher, younger look at the world of Middle-Earth between Morgoth and Sauron and the environments and attitudes of the characters reflect that. Each dwarf manages to be unique (Bofur turned out to be my favorite, honestly, for his frank oddness) and makes an impact, and McKellen and Freeman are fantastic. There's a very Arthur Dent air about Bilbo, but it works wonderfully.

I hadn't expected Thranduil in this movie, so his appearance nearly sent me into a faint.

This is a MUST SEE.
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Initial post: Dec 31, 2012 6:28:32 PM PST
Arthur Dent! Yes. That is who he reminded me of! It didn't work too well for me. He had a totally different accent than the older Bilbo. I will wait for the next 2 features before passing judgement.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 2:55:08 PM PST
Oliver says:
did it bother you that none of that extra stuff was in Tolkien's book? Galadriel's not in The Hobbit. Or Sarumon, or that whole extra orc side-plot? That's all jackson, none of it's Tolkien...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2013 10:07:22 PM PST
Kenna Libes says:
Yeah, the Azog parts were a bit unnecessary. All of the White Council stuff is technically appropriate (though if he had really been true to form he would have put in the other members besides Galadriel, Elrond, Saruman, and Gandalf), so I actually wish he'd added a bit more there. The Radagast parts also make a bit more sense when you realize that Gandalf needed to know about the Necromancer somehow and Radagast is the only one that lived in that part of the wood. But no, none of the extras really bothered me.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2013 9:25:50 PM PST
Matt says:
Some of the extras are Tolkien: They came from the appendices of "The Lord of the Rings" books.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 11:55:13 AM PST
No it wasn't in The Hobbit but then for Jackson it's never been about making the book it's been about making the Middle-Earth Universe. So yes they're not in the book but i am very glad he added them to round out the whole Tolkien timeline

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2013 11:53:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2013 4:00:46 PM PST
Aranixa says:
That's all there WERE in the White Council by then...or don't you remember? The Blue wizards disappeared sometime in the mid-second age. Círdan does not leave his people. The Kings of Gondor sat on the white council but the line is in hiding: the Dúnedain do not sit on the Council. Radagast, Galadriel, Elrond, Saruman and Gandalf are all who remain. Well, technically the Witch-King would have been on the council when he was alive, as would have Durín's line, but again they have their own business and cannot take their places. Thranduil hides himself away. The first time he sent anyone to the Council for hundreds of years will be in 64 years' time according to The Hobbit's timeline as of the end of the movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2013 6:43:23 AM PST
Martin Freeman IS Arthur Dent in the HitchHikers movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2013 6:43:28 AM PST
Martin Freeman IS Arthur Dent in the HitchHikers movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2013 7:00:32 AM PST
Kenna Libes says:
Yes, that was my point.
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