Brief: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Finally got around to seeing this one, and found it lacking in most of the ways I had heard. The film feels padded throughout, to the point where I felt it was basically Vignettes in Middle Earth. It had high points, like the meeting in Rivendell between Gandalf, Saruman, Elrond, and Galadriel (which felt like some getting the band together fun in spite of a heap of exposition that felt more like bland color than useful information) and the game of riddles between Bilbo and Gollum, but a lot of it just felt string together. It's clear Jackson wants to make an epic comparable to The Lord of the Rings, but the stakes of The Hobbit are comparatively lower and the whole thing feels empty as a result. This isn't a bad film, by any means, just an achingly inessential one, and it's hard not to find that disappointing. There will be two more of these, but for the life of me, I can't brig myself to think there should be.

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