The Hobbit will satisfy any viewer up for the grand visuals of The Lord of the Rings. It’s an epic action-adventure that takes you back to Middle earth.
The whole cast is great. Martin Freeman is likable as the young Bilbo Baggins. Ian McKellen always sounds wise in everything he says. Richard Armitage is a perfect fit for the stern and prideful dwarf leader. Andy Serkis delivers as Gollum/Smeagol who looks pitiful when he loses his “precious”, well almost.
The main problem is that the film is stretched too thin. The novel is basically about Bilbo who joins Gandalf and a company of dwarfs to defeat Smaug. But Jackson decides to chop it into three films turning the first into an overlong introduction.
As a result, The Hobbit isn’t even about the hobbit. The mission of the dwarfs takes center stage with repetitive action sequences filled in between with expositions. They fight, get into trouble, and then eventually saved by Gandalf.
The Hobbit is indeed an unexpected journey of sorts but mostly serves as an overproduced trailer to start a trilogy.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit is an entertaining but overstretched adventure, resulting in a repetitive and tedious story that betrays its own title.