December 31, 2012
An Unexpected Digression
I actually liked this movie, even though Peter Jackson hews only to the outlines of the short and wholly digestible story presented in Tolkien's book.
Jackson's story expands relatively minor mentions into lengthy digressions -- Radagast the Brown rates a dissing from Saruman not in "The Hobbit," but in the Lord of the Rings trilogy itself, and while vanquishing the Necromancer rates only a couple of paragraphs in "The Hobbit," it apparently is going to carry most of the second movie.
If Jackson had been relatively faithful to the story, it still would have taken two movies of normal length to truly do it justice, but certainly not the three epics that seem to be planned.
Still, taken on its own, "An Unexpected Journey" was enjoyable, apart from its soporific opening exposition. I liked it enough that I plan to pay to see the High Frame Rate version.
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