And to think we're only 1/3 of the way done with this.
I have had quite a dilemma on my hands with it comes to seeing The Hobbit. First and foremost, I love The Lord of the Rings. I think they are a perfect example of great books being adapted into a great films. I never tire of watching them. Then there's The Hobbit. A book that I barely finished and a cartoon adaptation that was horrible. Needless to say, I didn't race out to see The Hobbit when it hit theaters. I think I made the right call.
When Gandalf (Ian McKellen) commissions Bilbo Bagins (Martin Freeman) to go on an adventure with him, Bilbo tries to ignore it. Then 13 Dwarves show up at his door and he is thrust into their travels to reclaim a lost Dwarf kingdom. Along the way there are dangers, some familiar faces, and some new ones.
Look, parts of The Hobbit I really enjoyed. Freeman and McKellen, the outstanding score, the occasional laughs, and the bit of nostalgia I got seeing Rivendale, Smeagal/Gollum, and the sign on the front of the Baggins' house in the prologue. My main issue here is the length. This is a three hour movie in which nothing happens. The other LOTR movies were long, but by the end I felt they had at least accomplished something. I think it's a mistake to drag this out between 3 movies for one book. Even if they are adding other parts of Middle Earth we heard about, but never saw. (Yes, it's cool to see those brought to life, but do they really enhance the story?) I stop short of calling this movie bad, it's just flawed in it's length, and the fact that the Dwarves just really aren't that interesting. I felt invested in the characters of the fellowship. These guys, not so much.
I think if you're a fan of the LOTR series, you probably should see The Hobbit just to get the full experience. But this film is a marathon, and I can only hope parts 2 and 3 are a bit more exciting.
Recommended: Yes, for LOTR fans
Memorable Quote: "I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure." - Gandolf (Ian McKellen)