The First Reviews for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are In

The Hobbit Peter Jackson

I have not had the luxury of attending a screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey just yet, but I’m hoping to be at one at the beginning of next week – I will be hoping to post my own review next week (assuming I’m not swamped with school work).  Many members of the press have seen Peter Jackson’s epic return to Middle-earth, and it has been met with fairly positive reviews thus far.  The Hobbit currently sits at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 66/100 on Metacritic.  With eight days to go before the film is released to the public, some critics have found the film enjoyable, but cite the bloated plot and lack of emotional impact or charm as a problem.  Another problem that is being talked about is Jackson’s decision to use 48fps, but I won’t get into that here.  Hit the jump to take a look at what some critics have had to say!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first film in another Peter Jackson trilogy.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, William Kircher, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, and Stephen Hunter and hits theaters on December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit GollumMatthew Leyland at Total Film praises Jackson on his “ability to draw you into richly conceived otherworlds,” and applauds his technical audacity.  Here’s the verdict: Charming, spectacular, technically audacious… in short, everything you expect from a Peter Jackson movie. A feeling of familiarity does take hold in places, but this is an epically entertaining first course – 100/100.

The Hobbit Richard ArmitageIGN highlighted the film’s solid main performances, good balance between heavy and light tone.  Here’s their verdict: Peter Jackson’s fourth trip to Middle-earth can’t quite recapture the greatness, emotional impact or charm of the LOTR films, but there’s still much to enjoy about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 7.9/10.

The Hobbit Martin Freeman 2Dave Trumbore over at Collider gave the film a rather glowing review, saying that the film has set the bar high for future installments, and believes the bar will be surpassed.  Here’s what Trumbore had to say: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a classic adventure quest in the making; packed with colorful characters, gorgeous settings and plenty of action, the only setbacks are technical ones – A-.

The Hobbit Martin FreemanTodd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter wasn’t so complimentary in his review, citing the film’s bloated plot and long runtime saying “more is less in Peter Jackson’s gargantuan first installment.”  Here’s what he had to say: A purist’s delight, something the millions of die-hard fans of his Lord of the Rings trilogy will gorge upon. In pure movie terms, however, it’s also a bit of a slog, with an inordinate amount of exposition and lack of strong forward movement…There are elements in this new film that are as spectacular as much of the Rings trilogy was, but there is much that is flat-footed and tedious as well, especially in the early going – 60/100.

The Hobbit Ian McKellan 2Peter Debruge of Variety had much of the same to say, explaining that many scenes would be best left for DVD extras.  Here’s what he had to say: Jackson and his team seem compelled to flesh out the world of their earlier trilogy in scenes that would be better left to extended-edition DVDs (or omitted entirely), all but failing to set up a compelling reason for fans to return for the second installment – 60/100.

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