His name, that is. Thorin is Thorin Oakenshield because he battled against his foes making use of that great hunk of oak he found, turning it into a makeshift (and effective) shield. It became part of this legendary warrior’s story and life. He’s just–epic, in every sense of the word.
‘Thorin’s hero back-story is marvellously fleshed out. Little wonder
there’s already major buzz around Armitage – his Thorin is to The Hobbit
what Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn was to The Lord of the Rings.”
An excerpt from Neala Johnson’s review of The Hobbit. See full review at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/movies/neala-johnsons-review-of-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey/story-e6frf9h6-1226529768368?sv=a30a351fc8e8a3bfbd44b95748ac4819#.UL2PEZYgUKM.twitter
“Armitage is positively heroic in the role and Jackson gives him plenty of camera time to shine . . .(he) brings gravitas and solemnity to the role of Thorin, especially when surrounded by the clownish Dwarves in his company.’
Read more of the Collider review here http://collider.com/hobbit-movie-review/215612/
‘But in the end the hobbit’s curiosity wins and he joins dwarf-leader Thorin Oakenshield (an impressive Richard Armitage) and his company.
When casting the dwarfs, Jackson picked a mixture of domestic and international actors, some veterans and some fresh faces. In the 18 months they filmed, they certainly have developed great chemistry, and their distinctive characters and costumes show a lot of craftsmanship and love of details.”
Excerpt from review at Stuff.co. NZ http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/film-reviews/8034659/Review-The-Hobbit-An-Unexpected-Journey
“It’s a role likely to launch Armitage, blessed with an already-fervent
fanbase, masculine good looks, and ample ability, into the stratosphere.
The character is deeply scarred and tragic. Thorin gives the children’s
tale a Shakespearean disaster angle and the film makes the most of it
in in ways that may not surprise viewers but will nevertheless delight
Excerpt from MrCere’s review of the film for TORn (which promises only spoiler-free reviews, BTW)
The embargo, as you can see, has been lifted and reviews are now flooding the internet of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I have read a few, and am sharing some quotes specific to Mr. Armitage’s performance as well as the Company itself. I think it’s safe to say Richard Armitage is impressing the critics–but then, was there ever any real doubt?
“Armitage really comes into his own in the ‘hero shot’ stakes: with flowing locks and a steely gaze, he gives us Braveheart by way of 300 – epically cool.”
Alice Tynan’s words re Richard’s performance as Thorin in her review for The Vine http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/movie-reviews/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-movie-review/
Mr. Armitage, I am so very proud of you and happy for you. You were already my hero; now the world is discovering you as theirs, too.