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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Rated PG-13 170 min. 2012

Despite its title, this is pretty much what we expect. It's a big epic with lots (lots!) of battles. Good guys look off into the distance while the wind blows their hair. Woodwinds are prominent on the soundtrack. No one uses contractions. Martin Freeman (the British The Office) plays Bilbo as a finicky straight man, defined only in contrast to the gang of kooks that surround him, a cast director Peter Jackson doesn't guide out of childish caricature. This absence of individuality, this sense of mass, contributes to the feeling of perpetual assault that The Hobbit commits against its audience. Jackson is taking a modest novel and turning it into a three-movie epic. It should feel like a passion project, but it's a bore.

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Director: Peter Jackson

Writer: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson and J.R.R. Tolkien

Producer: Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O'Gorman and Aidan Turner


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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