December 15, 2012
A little disappointing, but worth seeing
After 2+ years of waiting and rereading the book twice, I made it out to see the first installment of The Hobbit.
I have to agree with the critics on this one (Washington Post, NY Times, ABC, FOX, etc.). Peter Jackson really stretched out the movie with material outside the book, and some made up story lines. This caused the move to lag in spots. Maybe he could make the edition that we saw was made into an extended version for those who want the full detail. Then he could cut about 1/2 to 1 hour from this one to make the plot flow better. He could call that the director's cut.
The effects were noticeably poor in some spots in the first part of the film. By poor, I mean that it was pretty clear that the actors were on a set or in front a computerized background. By the end of the first hour or so, the effect was no longer noticeable.
All that being said, I enjoyed seeing the story made into a movie. I wouldn't have missed this one and I am looking forward to seeing the other two.
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