The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman,
Not going to spend too much time on this one because it is by far my least favorite of all the Peter Jackson Tolkien related movies.
About a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who goes on an adventure with the great wizard Gandalf, and a small army of Dwarves including the dwarf king.
What I Didn’t like.
The biggest issue is that everything is drawn out to make sure that the Hobbit films can be a trio when in reality there probably was enough material for only two.
It lacks that special magic that the Lord of the Rings movies have. The visuals are ugly, the jokes are often crude.
The special effects are for the most part good, but not always consistent. There are times where they lack and the FX in LOTR looks better.
A lot of this film is really boring. So much detail on things that I don’t care about and they don’t seem to matter all that much in the future.
Tons of Exposition. Works much better with The Lord of the Rings.
What I Did Like
They set up up the villain of Assok the defiler in this one really well. There is a lot of world building. I guess if you are patient and appreciate everything related to this universe, you won’t mind the length or that they linger far too often for way too long.
It has good setup for the next film. Again, it took way too long to reach their destination at the end of this one. I can’t forgive that.
There is enough about the movie that makes it watchable. However, it’s not a great movie, not even a good one. It exists because it has to and they sacrificed substance for box office totals.
I think Peter Jackson makes a decent film, there is a lot of things to like, but I feel like a lot of this film could and should have been left on the editing room floor. For deleted and uncut scenes.
I’m sure some diehard Tolkien fans love this movie and I can respect that. However, considering the greatness of the previous trilogy. This one came out quite flat for me.