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Like Smaug, this movie is also Magnificent!,
This review is from: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [DVD + UV Copy]  (DVD)This is a superb film. It does deviate from the book, but usually not at the cost of quality or the main storyline (although Sylvester McCoy's portrayal of Radagast the Brown is perhaps a little on the ridiculous side, as is the escape from the goblin caverns).
It's great that the backstory (the Necromancer and the White Council) have been included. There's a little narration at the start, which could have been slightly shorter, but it includes some breathtaking scenes of Dale, Erebor and the coming of Smaug.
Richard Armitage does a convincing job as Thorin Oakenshield, and the music, especially the Dwarven song about the Misty Mountains, is outstanding. Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) acts his part almost naturally.
I will be going to this movie again.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2013 10:11:01 GMT
This review along with many others is useful in determining how good the movie is.
The one thing that I believe is not right is that fact that reviewers (not just this reviewer) are reviewing a product that has not actually been released yet.
The point of these reviews is to discuss the actual product in it's entirety, which may become confusing when the DVD and Blu-Ray are released as the score may be totally different from things such as poor packaging, poor quality on DVD/Blu-Ray transfer or lack of extras.
I'm not taking anything away from people's reviews of a film but these belong more on a film review page at this time until the film is actually available to buy.
It doesn't help that that reviews for DVD and Blu-Ray are all mixed up (by Amazon) and can skew review scores for very different products.
Films should not be allowed a review on here until it is purchased as the experience of watching a DVD or Blu-Ray in the home is quite different to the cinema experience.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2013 12:36:32 GMT
D. Andrews says:
That's a very valid point. I guess we get carried away after seeing a good movie ;)
Posted on 19 Jan 2013 09:49:19 GMT
unfortunately Amazon reviews are full of would be Barry Normans and Roger Eberts competing for the top review. Amazon should just lock off the review capability until product release. Oh and sort out DVD from Bluray from VHS!!!! reviews!!! sheesh
And The Hobbit, while good, has 3, yes three too many super-cheesy slow motion scenes of characters shouting 'NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO' at another characters', supposed, impending doom for my liking. Coupled with seemingly endless 'chased by wolves/wargs' scenes I cant help but feel the film needed a bit more tightening up before theatrical release.
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