A new review from Mom Under Cover.
Peter Jackson’s first of three installations telling the tale of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit arrived in a myriad of formats. I saw it in 3D. Disclaimer: I have not seen The Lord of the Rings movies nor read any of Tolkien’s book, so I had no expectations (good or bad) for this movie. For the first 45 minutes I was pleasantly surprised. Bilbo Baggins’ village and home were truly beautiful in 3D. However, soon thereafter I became weary of the endless struggle. Then, it hit me that I had seen all of this before (albeit with more women characters) . . . kindly wizard in a pointy hat, unlikely hero with mop-like hair who does not realize his destiny, weird forest with strange creatures, even a bi-polar creature who speaks of himself in the third person (Dobby, Gollum, who can keep them straight?).
For me, the movie was an hour and a half too long. Fans of BBC’s Sherlock will enjoy Martin Freeman (Dr. Watson) as the young Bilbo. Also appearing are Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Richard Armitage as Throrin and Andy Serkis as Gollum. See it if you must, but be warned, the journey is unsatisfying.