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2.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids, 27 Dec. 2012
This review is from: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD + UV Copy( [2013] (DVD)
First 25 minutes in Bilbo's home, the dwarfs are presented in an ever repeating feast.
Trolls voices are no longer tuff
Kings joke before dying
Goblins look like moppets
Obvious and impossible action sequences
Uninspiring dialogues
The attention of the viewer caught by farts and burps... were we supposed to laugh?
The worst : failed culminations in almost every sequence

One succesful thing throughout the entire film is Gandalf. With Excellent performance, make-up, all around Gandalf is amazing and inspiring. Five stars to Gandalf.
Hugo Weaving's and Kate Blanchet did a nice job alone. Elrond and Galadriel's costumes and makeup are also refined and the character traits remain the same as in their previous participations.
Another great sequence is when Bilbo meets Gollum. Well acted, interesting dialogues, like you're watching another movie all of a sudden.
But all this counts too few to add more than two stars to this realisation.

Not the same team that worked for the L.O.R., we see an un-believable group of artificial dwarfs and goblins. I've never remarked how make-up could be a key element in a movie to be drawn into the story. The superficiality of the make up made me remember over and over that this is an ordinary production and most of all, just a movie.

Howard Shore couldn't keep the same intensity successfully held for L.O.R. Yes, the new theme is related... and yet not as effective. Even the already known great soundtrack doesn't accompany the sequences. There is no effective conclusion on critical moments of victory or grief. The mixing and mastering have lost the unique touch of fantasy and glory. Not only me but people around me didn't feel deeply moved at any moment, not like in many breathtaking scores of L.O.R. (the music in Moria, Rohan, Cirill river entry to Gondor, Lorothien, countless more sequences)

Sunrises and sunsets are saturated to the point of a cartoon-like superficiality. Maybe the 3D treatment didn't help in this regard, in that case I'll watch it again and edit the review in the future.

The same actors that worked on L.O.R. look disconnected from the story, demotivated, there's no intensity.

In my opinion tt is all a bit sad. Even if Peter Jackson's version of LOR never existed, even though we know that The hobbit is rather a kid's tale compares to L.O.R., this work just failed to lead us to a fantastic film for all ages. I don't recommend it and hope that the sequel in 2013 and 2014 have a better outcome, a movie worth remembering.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2013 16:10:44 GMT
L. Lawricht says:
Totally agree

Posted on 9 Feb 2013 10:04:28 GMT
What does any of this have to do with the blu-ray release? Ooooh that's right, it hasn't been released yet so NOTHING AT ALL. I think you have amazon.com confused with moviereviews.com.
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