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The Hobbit: An Unexpected disappointment

First off I want to say that I am a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, and own the books, dvds, blu rays, and a few other items as a fan of the universe he created, and Peter Jackson brought to life on the big screen.

While yes I am a bigger Star Wars fan then I am Lord of the Rings fan I will say that as books go Tolkien’s work is priceless, and while I was extremely excited for the past few years about this movie. Last time I remember being this hyped up about any film I would have to go back to the Fellowship of the Rings which was a very good movie that did everything it had to do just right. But I don’t think I’ve been this let down in more then a decade.

I mean I think maybe the sequel to the Matrix was a bigger let down for me then this but not by much. Not by much at all. In fact this movie is so bad at times that one has to wonder if it was made bad on purpose out of some grudge being held by Peter Jackson for all the shenanigans that went on for years with the studios, and him concerning this trilogy.

There is a long dark history attached to getting the Hobbit to the big screen, and to be honest It’s almost as if this was his way to pay the studio back for anything they put him through. It’s about the only thing which makes sense unless we consider that Peter Jackson isn’t the master Director some nerds have pegged him to be since he wrapped up the Rings trilogy.

But to the root of the matter this movie fails to capture the heart of Tolkien’s characters, and the main issue with it is the slow pace the movie suffers from. This is due to the movie being stretched out to three pictures was a bad idea. This has become clear after watching this first movie. Now we have 2 more movies to go.

The film suffers from terrible character development, and it all starts with the Dwarves who were not developed as characters at all compared to LOTR where u got to know, and like each of the characters. [Continue]

- by Angel Espino

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Opens to a Record Friday of $37.5 Million!

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins

New Line Cinema and MGM’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey grossed $37.5 million domestically on Friday, the biggest Friday ever for the month of December. The figure includes $13 million from midnight earnings.

Receiving an A CinemaScore from audiences, the Peter Jackson adaptation debuted in 4,045 theaters and the studio expects the film to earn $85 million for the weekend, also a record for the month. I Am Legend, which opened the same weekend in 2007, holds the record with $77.2 million. The Will Smith-starrer previously held the record for best Friday in December with $30.1 million.

Overseas, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey earned $27.3 million its first two days in theaters. The film started its international release on Wednesday.

Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis and many, many more star in first film of three.

Posted by Angel Espino

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