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Old December 14 2012, 08:50 PM   #101
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Re: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Grading & Discussion (Spoilers

^ I stopped paying attention to critical scores when Dodgeball came out. One of my local critics gave the film 3 stars, so my friend and his girlfriend talked me into going to see it with them even though I typically don't like that type of movie, although they both do, and all 3 of us were seriously considering getting up and walking out, and universally said that it was one of the stupidest movies we'd ever seen.

My philosophy regarding films is this: go see it yourself and make your own judgment call.

Anyway, I digress.

I didn't mention this in my earlier review, but it was neat seeing how Gandalf and Bilbo ended up with Glamdring and Sting, since, as I noted, I didn't remember a lot of the specific details about the story.

I also really got a kick out of Radagast the Brown, which is another thing I neglected to mention in my earlier review. What made the character even better for me was how quickly Saruman dismissed him as a doddering old coot. Speaking of Christopher Lee and Saruman, they de-aged him a lot more than I was expecting them to, which really makes me wonder what happened to him in the 60 intervening years between this story and the events of LotR that caused his beard to go almost completely white.
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