‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Movie Review – A Dangerous Pace

Jordan Magrath

Jordan, who currently resides in Seattle, WA, has slowly become a film fanatic over the past couple of years. He attributes his love for film to the smash hit THE DARK KNIGHT which has created an (un)healthy obsession with both Christopher Nolan and the Batman franchise. Although he appreciates all genres of film, his favorite movies are typically psychological thrillers, with an emphasis on non-traditional narratives.

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  • Courtney (@LaVaudreuil)

    My issue was that I spent most of the movie trying to orientate it with the book. I think, though, that is not the fault of the movie. The LOTR trilogy was based on 3 books, and The Hobbit trilogy is based off 1 book – so of course there has to be a lot of other material pulled in. That should be expected going in. I think when I watch it again, I won’t be distracted by comparisons to the book and can just enjoy the experience. I saw 3D with the 48-frames. I thought it looked beautiful. But, it reminded me of the first time I watched a Bluray – you definitely have to adjust to the clarity. I didn’t feel like the 3D added a whole lot, so I’ll probably skip that next time.
    As I see it, The Hobbit story was never as strong as the LOTR stories. So this movie for me is not about matching the greatness of those. It’s more about spending more time in Middle Earth; a beautiful, fantastical place where even the smallest person can be a hero.

    • Very good insight. Thanks for sharing. I do think that comparing it directly to the LOTR isn’t necessarily fair, but I’m against stretching it to 3 movies mostly