Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was lightning caught in a bottle. With “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Jackson tries to recapture that magic, but this time the bottle is cracked.
From what we’ve been reading about the film, all signs point to a job well done when it comes to creative side. Technologically the film is superior as would be expected by Peter Jackson. And the acting is also supposedly on par. However, that’s kind of where it ends. Clearly we have to see it for ourselves but from what we gather the movie is less of a movie than it is an “encyclopedia” of Tolkien stories.
We’ve heard quotes like “a well executed video game rather than a cinematic experience.” Not to mention the movie has apparently offended many groups of people. But the real question is this: Did anyone think that Sean Astin’s career in movies would be this long?