The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2012
Beloved 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.

Evie Totty: “It ruled.”

Well Martin Freeman ... what can I say. He did a fantastic job in this movie. The delay of Sherlock is (almost) worth it!

Sometimes the pacing is slow but not enough to be detrimental I think. As I said I do want to see it again, but not as much as I did the LotR films...

− December 23, 2012 • more by Evielog in or create an account to reply

Scott Hardie: Isn't the trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness playing before this? Put Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in the same scene with Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins and you have the world's strangest Sherlock fanfic. − December 23, 2012 • more by Scott

Evie Totty: Hahaha yes it is. I didn't see the IMAX3D version of The Hobbit so I didn't get the 9 min preview (though I admit I DID see a bootleg of it). − December 30, 2012 • more by Evie

Scott Hardie: I see online that Benedict Cumberbatch is in The Hobbit, sort of, playing both Smaug and the Necromancer (voice and motion-capture). Both of the characters make only fleeting appearances in An Unexpected Journey but will expand their roles later. Apparently the connection to Sherlock needed one less degree to be complete than I thought. − January 11, 2013 • more by Scott

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Erik Bates: “It ruled.”

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Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Lots of fun! The movie overcame years of delays, lawsuits, guild strikes, and countless production problems, but there's no sense of this weariness reflected in the film, except perhaps in the shocking amount of aging that Ian McKellen has done since The Lord of the Rings. It sometimes feels tedious in places where it could use some pep, and seems about 30 minutes too long overall, but in no way does the extra material ruin the movie. As long as you go in expecting this to feel like a somewhat minor adventure in scale compared to the epic original, you're in for a good time.

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