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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  (2013 - English)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey cumulative rating: 3.3 out of 53.3/5 (5 users)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey critics rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5/5 (4 critics)

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As dazzling as movie entertainment gets

Nine years after The Return of the King, the concluding chapter of his The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth for another adventure epic adapted from a novel by JRR Tolkien. Originally intended to precede The Rings saga, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is now the first installment of a new trilogy. Auspiciously, our expectations for the three-part prequel are fulfilled by this episodemore

It's long and overblown despite terrific action

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', directed by Peter Jackson, clocks in at a whopping 2 hours and 40 minutes, if you don't count the roughly 15 minutes it takes for the end credits to roll. Given that Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy grossed nearly 3 billion dollars and won 14 Oscars in all, it's hardly surprising that the studio happily green-lit The Hobbit, and didn't complain when the New Zealand-based filmmaker decided to squeeze three filmsmore

The Hobbit is visually mesmerising

had a little unexpected adventure myself today. Or like Bilbo Baggins puts it across, 'Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things!' Owing to technical issues, I, who set out of home half past nine, endured endless delay, one and a half cancelled show, hopped between two multiplexes, refused to take off my 3D glasses and grant them the pleasure of a second cancelled show just because I turned out to be the only representative of the human racemore

An 'unexpected' journey -- you can call it that. For what else will you call the first part of technically the fourth installment of a successful trilogy, at 170 minutes? Conceited? Confused? Concentric? Having defied several apprehensions with his Oscar-winning adaptation of J R R Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, making it both approachable and accessible, Jackson has gone ahead and done exactly the opposite with the book that preceded itmore