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12-14-2012, 12:33 AM
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), directed by Peter Jackson: The Dwarves long to return to their ancestral mountain and retrieve the treasure that they were forced to leave behind, but they will have to slay a very formidable dragon to do so. Gandalf decides to help them, and he enlists a reluctant Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) into joining the cause. Compared to The Lord of the Rings trilogy that is not much plot to hang three movies on. Still, most of the people who loved the first trilogy likely won't mind, because this new one is more of the same all around: much talk, followed by a lot of running from one place to another, interspersed with (mostly) clever action sequences. Unfortunately the ugly Orcs remain paper tigers when it comes to fighting, so visual razzle dazzle replaces any semblance of tension. Freeman is well suited to play the lead hobbit but Richard Armitage as Thorin is a leaden replacement for Viggo Mortensen in the go-to hero role. The ending is like bad opera, and it takes nearly three hours to get there. All in all, the movie is handsomely mounted, but hit and miss. It has all the heart of a theme park ride.

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