Not Quite LOTR Good - Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Some years ago my family and I went to watch the Lord of the Rings movies three years in a row in the Christmas holiday. This year another Tolkien movie is out, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), so of course my mother and I went and watched it. I have to admit I'm a little disappointed.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a good movie. A great movie, in fact. However (yes, there just had to be a "however"), it is not as good as any of the Lord of the Rings movies. This is perhaps a high standard to hold The Hobbit up to - but I think it is fair. The Hobbit had a whole damn lot of potential which it for far most part fulfilled perfectly. Unfortunately this wasn't the case for every aspect of the movie and the few problems I have with it prevented it from being as great as the LOTR movies.

The issues I have with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey mainly have to do with its shifts between dark, serious, and thrilling scenes to silly scenes, presenting serious situations in a not at all serious light. Humor is good and Lord of the Rings had it in the right places with the right framework; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey doesn't.

Far most of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey completely captivated me and it didn't feel long to me at all. It was perfectly paced and almost every expect of it worked extremely well. That is except for the "children's fairy tale" aspects which I felt didn't belong in an otherwise quite dark movie. It felt like it was made half for children and half for adults but in a way that makes it too scary and violent for children while at the same time also having too many silly aspects appealing to the younger audience for adults to completely fall in love with the movie.

I very much liked the movie but I'm still hoping that the next two movies are going to get darker and leave some of the kid-friendly stuff behind. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a great movie but disappointingly not as great as Lord of the Rings.
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