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I do believe the worst is behind us: a rapid review of “An Unexpected Journey”

  • Dthe-hobbit-an-unexpected-journeyespite its low score on Rotten Tomatoes, I still went to go see “The Hobbit” in IMAX 3D and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Throughout the film, I kept thinking, “this is amazing, please don’t let this be the final battle!” – and then the film went on.  It appears this is a major critique of the film, which stretches one book into three movies, but I loved the feeling of being swept up in a story and am greatly looking forward to the next two movies.
  • I disliked the exact reuse of motifs from the trilogy – this is a different story, and having so many clear connections to the trilogy made the film feel more like a tag-on, rather than a piece in and of itself.  It also took away from the epic nature of the trilogy – we’ve already seen Gandalf stand and take up the room, whisper to a moth to summon eagles, etc.  Even if this is the same world, I don’t want it to drag down the other LOTR films.  I feel like a prequel can have notes from its predecessor, like “Prometheus,” but it should still tell its own story.
  • In general, “The Hobbit” just felt smaller and less polished, though still a fun ride.  Things don’t particularly make much sense – why Bilbo?  Because he gives Gandalf courage?  I’m sure we can do better than that.
  • Gollum is every bit as unnerving as he always was.  Bravo to the motion capture team.
  • Hopefully, this was the lightest part of the three, and the worst is behind us; I’m hoping the next two films really step it up!
  • 4/5 Waffles, regardless of its flaws.
  1. Ryan
    December 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I agree entirely! I went in thinking, “RT gave this a 65%….I just hope it doesn’t crash and burn…” and much to my surprise, left feeling satisfied and entertained! I give a lot of credit to Martin Freeman’s Bilbo,whose hesitation and almost gloomy humor made him more interesting than Elijah’s doe-eyed Frodo.

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