The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first in a Trilogy that is the prequel to Lord of the Rings. It reprises some of the same characters that you will recognize, and a whole lot of CGI characters that you wont recognize. I’ll tell you what I liked about this movie and what I didn’t like. First off, it’s too long! It is two hours and forty-five minutes and it is fun and visually arresting, but after a while it is just guys slashing other guys with swords and arrows, and I felt like that got a little much. The first hour I thought was a delight, the last forty-five minutes was pretty fun, but the middle not so much. It just seemed like more of the same. The first time you saw some of the characters you thought ‘wow, those are really kinda cool!’ but it’s kind of a slash and burn movie. The first hour I thought kids are gonna love this, the second I thought it was too scary for them, and by the third I thought they’ll all be asleep. I have three criteria for movies: 1) was it fun to be there; 2) did I plan what I was going to do the next day; and 3) how do I feel twenty-four hours later. It was fun to be there for the first and last parts of the movie, I was trying to figure out whether I should floss my teeth during the middle, but twenty-four hours later a lot of the characters were really haunting. In retrospect, I would probably give it a higher rating than I did at the time, so I’ll give it three and a half stars.