The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ★★★★

Got in the mood for some Middle Earth, and I hadn’t seen this in awhile. The CGI is at most times overwhelming, and some effects look better than others. They added a lot of unnecessary lore into this trilogy, but I have to admit, it has it’s moments... a great abundance actually. I was not bothered by a lot of the returning characters, and the landscapes (both real and CGI) look beautiful. Martin Freeman as Bilbo is nothing short of great casting, and the dwarven pack we see in these films is one of the best parts. I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of the trilogy, even if the last two additions are weaker than this one.