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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Review

The Hobbit   Rating: 3.17/5

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has little of the awe and shock and wonder that thrillingly accompanied The Lord of the Rings saga. Those films felt new and exciting and unlike anything we’d already seen at the time. Which illustrates exactly what Jackson is up against this time. Still there’s no denying that there’s solid, skilled filmmaking at the heart of this film. But despite its gorgeous sweeping visuals, spectacular special effects, and some terrific action sequences, this first installment in Jackson’s three-film adaptation can’t help feeling long and overblown and stretched beyond limits. I’m going with three out of five for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Don’t set your expectations too high, and you’ll come out satisfied.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Gavin Rasquinha Site:TimesofIndia(TOI)

One of the best things about The Hobbit is the truly magical locations and imagery that are completely immersive and make you feel as if you are in JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth. It will entertain you even if you haven’t seen any of the previous Lord of the Rings movies. Also noteworthy is the music, which meshes really well with the film and is not distracting at all. The only issue could be the running time – almost three hours long. But fora subject of this scale, it’s completely justified. Good for the entire family. Note: You will not like this film if you do not like epic fantasies.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

The Hobbit is visually mesmerising and, even though I am never too happy about wearing 3D glasses, the technology does the cumbersome detailing of Jackson’s skillful art and technical team a huge favour by pointing it delightfully in your direction. The only aspect I am not convinced about is why Jackson chose to depict Bilbo as an enthusiastic participant of the quest when he was literally forced to join as a ‘burglar’ on a trip to Lonely Mountain. This sudden thirst for adventure is never truly translated on screen. But it’s like Gandalf, possibly echoing Jackson’s own sentiments, says this task to succeed needs ‘tact, respect, charm’ and ‘which is why you’ll leave the talking to me.’ Aye, Aye Jackson!

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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By: Associated Press Site:NDTV

Judging part one of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings prelude The Hobbit is a bit like reviewing a film after seeing only the first act.Yet here goes: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is stuffed with Hollywood’s latest technology — 3-D, high-speed projection and Dolby’s Atmos surround sound system. The result is some eye candy that truly dazzles and some that utterly distracts, It’s also overstuffed with, well, stuff. Prologues and sidestepping backstory. Long, boring councils among dwarves, wizards and elves. Part one’s embellishments may pay off nicely, but right now, An Unexpected Journey looks like the start of an unnecessary trilogy better told in one film.

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Ratings:4/5  Review By: Daniel Pinto Site:DNA

No, the film does not choke on its on linearity, but the progression of chases and scrapes with fierce creatures transform it into the best kind of epic-journey film. And the emotional payoff (Shore’s music will take you places, believe me) is well worth the tantalising buildup. Various motives have been attached to the decision to make a full-blown trilogy of Tolkien’s relatively slim novel. But on watching the film, the artistic integrity behind it is quite evident. He is simply doing what he couldn’t with the Fellowship of the Rings as it would debilitate the telling of the entire tale: taking his time with the adventure, and delving more on the culture and mythology that forms the backdrop of the films.

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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By: Roshni Devi Site:Koimoi

What’s Good: The breathtaking visuals; some dialogues; the entire adventure; the music. What’s Bad: The length; some extended scenes.Loo Break: No way. Watch or Not?: Don’t miss this fantastic adventure! You don’t have to be a Tolkien/Peter Jackson fan to grasp The Hobbit, but if you’ve watched the LOTR movies, you’ll enjoy this one more.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will require a bit of patience with the lengthy storytelling, but the visual treat, excellent performances and action make it worth the effort.

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Ratings:2/5  Review By: A O Scott Site:New York Times(NYTimes)

When the initial rush of a chase or a skirmish dissipates, you are left with the slightly ripped-off feeling of having been here before, but with different costumes, in a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie or “Clash of the Titans.” Over all, though, the shiny hyper-reality robs Middle-earth of some of its misty, archaic atmosphere, turning it into a gaudy high-definition tourist attraction. But of course it will soon be overrun with eager travelers, many of whom are likely to find the journey less of an adventure than they had expected.

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