A second opinion, by The Movie Snob.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (B). Well, I must dissent in part from Mom Under Cover’s recent review of this new release. True, The Hobbit does not reach the grand heights of the Lord of the Rings movies. It is a smaller tale, about a smaller quest, and it is based on a much smaller book. It was probably unwise to pad The Hobbit out into three movies when two would have sufficed. Nevertheless, I think fantasy and Tolkien fans will reasonably enjoy this take on the adventure that set the events of The Lord of the Rings in motion. Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) makes a good Bilbo, Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger) is a more dignified and imposing Thorin Oakenshield than I remember from the book, and of course Ian McKellan (X-Men: The Last Stand) is dandy as Gandalf the Grey. In sum, it could have been shorter, but it is still a good movie. Too bad Mom Under Cover and who knows how many other people are coming at this movie backwards, having first developed a taste for that insipid Potter series instead of the real deal that is Tolkien!