Martin Freeman portrays Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
Gollum, voiced by Andy Serkis, in a scene from the fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Peter Jackson shot his epic, three-part “Lord of the Rings” prequel with a frame rate of 48 images per second, double the 24 that cinemagoers have experienced for the past century.
From left: Dean O'Gorman as Fili; Aidan Turner as Kili; Mark Hadlow as Dori; Jed Brophy as Nori; and William Kircher as Bifur, in a scene from the fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which opens today in theaters nationwide.
Ian McKellen portrays Gandalf in a scene from the fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
- ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’
1½ stars out of four.
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving.
Directed by: Peter Jackson.
Rated: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images.
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 7:30 am
Updated: 8:53 am, Fri Feb 8, 2013.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is not the worst film of the year, but it may be the most disappointing. Given the scope and grandeur of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” epics, we enter the theater justifiably expecting his new Tolkien adventure to thrill our socks off. Instead, you endure this monstrously overproduced misfire with the numb apathy of a prisoner slowly throwing a ball against a cell wall.
It’s a husk with the superficial features of a “Rings” movie but none of the energy and heart and wit — an unexpected journey, indeed. Like Ridley Scott before him with “Prometheus,” Jackson has caught George Lucas Disease, the compulsion to revisit beloved franchises and louse them up with maddening prequels.
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Friday, December 14, 2012 7:30 am.
Updated: 8:53 am.