The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey review round-up

News Simon Brew
4 Dec 2012 - 06:46

The reviews start coming in for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Here's our round-up...

The first reviews have started filtering in for Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And truthfully? They seem a little up and down. Early signs suggest that the almost-unanimous praise that greeted the Lord Of The Rings films isn't going to be repeated here.

That said, there's still a lot of positivity swimming around. Here's what the early reviewers are saying about the film.

"Fulfilling just a fraction of JRR Tolkien's There And Back Again subtitle, The Hobbit alternately rewards and abuses auds' appetite for all things Middle-earth. While Peter Jackson's prequel to The Lord Of The Rings delivers more of what made his earlier trilogy so compelling - colorful characters on an epic quest amid stunning New Zealand scenery - it doesn't offer nearly enough novelty to justify the three-film, nine-hour treatment, at least on the basis of this overlong first installment".

The Hollywood Reporter.
"In Jackson's academically fastidious telling, however, it's as if The Wizard Of Oz had taken nearly an hour just to get out of Kansas. 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". [Note: The Hollywood Reporter's review, not for the first time, seems very spoiler-y to us]

The Playlist.
"As epic, grandiose, and emotionally appealing as the previous pictures, The Hobbit doesn’t stray far from the mold, but it’s a thrilling ride that’s one of the most enjoyable, exciting and engaging tentpoles of the year"

"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."

"To be honest, yes there are other bits that are a bit confusing and may feel misplaced, but I will want to watch it a second time before I pass final judgement on this film. I loved the ending, it is rather awesome."

Cinema Blend.
"And though The Hobbit feels in its first half very much like a brief story stretched far too thin, it eventually settles into its own enjoyable rhythm, a comic adventure that's a good enough excuse to make a return visit to Middle Earth."

We'll add our own review of the film next week...

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