Movie: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Rated: M
Joeden stars: 4/5
Run time: 166 minutes
Genre: Adventure
Showing: Now in 2D and 3D
Verdict: A welcoming, yet not superb, return to Middle-Earth.

AFTER, or before you read this review, read my review of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

This film hasn't been critically acclaimed as much as The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit is directed by Peter Jackson.

It stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

This is set 80 years back, and the film is basically about how Bilbo Baggins has to help Gandalf and some dwarves to slay the dragon on a land that was rightfully theirs.

The CGI in this film is very, very, good. The cinematography is stunning also.

Jackson understands what direction he wants to go with the CGI. If you thought I would go through this review and not mention Gollum... you are wrong.

Gollum is very well developed in this film, and I had a big smile on my face when the film approached his one and only scene.

I am interested to find out what Peter Jackson wants to do with him in the next two parts.

There was nothing to really complain about where the acting was concerned.

I've always remembered The Lord of the Rings to have great acting, and the acting in this film isn't a let-down.

The directing is good... but only good. Peter Jackson does an adequate job introducing the characters, a very good job handling CGI and a stunning job of handling cinematography.

I would love to see what he does in the next two parts.

The pacing in this film is very bad. The slow start feels like two hours, when it is only one hour.

Then after the slow start, there is talking for almost another hour and by then we meet Gollum's character and we have an exciting battle scene.

And again, it has a wonderful score.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is meant for the family, not for war film lovers.

The Hobbit struggles with pacing, but Jackson does a smooth job directing.

The script is interesting, but at times long.

I recommend you check this one out at the cinemas, the last hour or so, is really a blast.