The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ★★★½

Long swathes of exposition will have you uncomfortably fidgeting in your seat before the first hour is up.

An interesting and undeniably overlong first installment of another tale in Peter Jackson's back garden. Once you get into the opening credits, then you know you're somewhere warm and comfy and in the guiding hands of who can best be described in cinematic terms as Father Christmas. Ths is all Jackson, all over again. I'm not the least bit sure about what Tolkien would have made of this, but he's dead, so he's not bought a ticket. As such, his opinion ain't for shit...

Who cares if it's a blatant cash-cow? We knew that already. Three films for a book that has three hundred odd pages? Not for the money? Whatever....

You pays your money, you takes your choice. And so many people have made their feelings plain enough about how they love this franchise, who could blame Jackson for being confident and arrogant enough to film three movies in one go, out of one short childrens book.

Looks lovely, the acting and CGI is excellent. It lacks alot of the gravitas of any of the LOTR Trilogy and after you have dealt with that, and the fact that you will have to fork out twice more after this to see the end of this short story, then you can ignore the bile in the back of your throat and just enjoy the pretty pictures.