December 17, 2012
Go there and you'll have to go back again
The Hobbit is good. Not great, but good. Add a star ("must go!") if you are a Lord of the Rings fan. The visual effects do justice to author Tolkien's imagination, the characters (at least, the protagonists) are well drawn, and it is, on the whole, a fitting prequel to Lord of the Rings. It also has a nice balance of humor, pleasant scenes (like the Hobbit Hole- I want one!) and action/thrills. But while the trilogy format allows the movie to linger lovingly over details (unlike the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which had to be brutal about cutting some of the scenes in the book), it also means that we don't get very far through the book. At nearly 3 hours, it's a long movie to sit through, and word is that we must wait a year for part 2, and a further 6 or 7 months for the concluding episode. It would have been better to make this a two-parter and let us see the conclusion in 6 months or a year.
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