The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

the-hobbitBeloved hobbit Bilbo Baggins is back in a visually spectacular tale inspired by The Lord of the Rings and likewise directed by Peter Jackson. Joining the effort to free the Kingdom of Erebor, Bilbo also faces a fateful encounter with Gollum.

Matt
Rating: 5 out of 10

This movie should have been called The Hobbit: An Expected Mediocraty.

I am a sucker. At least that’s how I felt in the line at the movies. I just ordered my popcorn and the girl at the counter asked what I was seeing. “Ohhh. You know they turned that into three movies, right?”

I felt like Peter Jackson just pickpocketed me. This is a charming book. It was one of my favorites as a boy. But it’s all of 200 pages. How could they possibly turn this into three movies? Well, by stretching out every possible detail and scene. It was worth seeing in the theater, if it’s worth seein at all, because of it’s gorgeous details, effects and scenery. Peter Jackson makes a beautiful movie to look at. But just like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it’s tormented by corny dialogue and wooden acting.

I guess if you’re going to make an epic three-part series of this film, this is the proper first installment, but I walked away feeling like it was hollow and over done. I also feel like I am forced to see the other two. Damn you, Peter Jackson.

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6 responses to “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  1. I agree, making three movies out of the Hobbit is bullshit. I get the feeling Jackson is just duing it for the publicity and the money.
    It’s definitely worth watching though, the visuals are great as always.

    Personally, I love the beginning of the film, I watched it over and over again, however it gets dry and simply too long after they left the shire.

    I’m not gonna comment on the Lord of the Rings being “tormented by corny dialogue and wooden acting.”, as I am a huge fan of all the LOTR books and think Peter Jackson (one of the best directors ever!) has done a great job with them.

    • Thanks for reading, and thanks for your comment!

      I’m a big fan of the books, but the movies just don’t do it for me. They look amazing, but the dialogue kills me. The whole, “You have my sword.” “And you have my bow” “And you have my axe.”

      It’s all a little much for me.

      However, Jackson makes a beautiful looking film. If you see them, it’s really worth it to go to the theater. I’ll end up seeing all of these in the theater, but I can virtually guarantee I’ll never see them again.

  2. I didn’t realize the book was separated into three movies until the unexpected and quite unimpressive end of the movie, so to say I was disappointed would be an understatement.
    I do love the LOTR books and movies, but that’s just a difference in opinions. 🙂

  3. Yeah, I was excited for this…and then I heard it was going to be two movies and my excitement waned…and then it became three movies and I didn’t even bother. A shame.

  4. I still remember when I saw the first Lord of the Rings’ move in the theatre, and how upset I was that after sitting for two plus hours that it wasn’t over. I felt ripped off and cheated. Fast forward two more Lord of the Rings movie, I was really hoping that The Hobbit wouldn’t become a series. However, I anticipated it right when I settled into the seat. I can’t complain really because I still thought the movie was awesome with some compelling battle scenes and visuals. Overall, Peter Jackson will have my attention for the next two parts of this series.

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