The reviews for The Hobbit: An Unxpected Journey have been unleashed, and even though some reviewers have a few bones to pick, mainly about a slow beginning in Hobbiton, most are very positive (it’s currently at 75% fresh on Rottentomatoes). Heck, I loved the Hobbiton scenes in FOTR and wished we’d spent more time there. Also remember that this movie will be doing most of the trilogy’s exposition and character development heavy-lifting so that the next two films can deliver huge payoffs down the line.
Anyway, pretty much everything I’ve read in reviews so far has led me to become even more excited for The Hobbit. Some of the reviewers don’t like movies where the story is episodic: i.e. the hero finds himself in a precarious situation, escapes, then meets with some elves, then finds more trouble, and so forth. But this is was makes The Hobbit such a wonderful story for me: feeling like you’re on an adventure, exploring as many locations and meeting as many interesting people as possible, never really knowing what you’ll see next.
So I’m as excited as ever to see it.
Below is an updated list of reviews from well known sites/critics: -you can find more reviews at rottentomatoes.com
http://collider.com/hobbit-movie-review/215612/ (Dave Trumbore)
http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117948867?refcatid=31 (Peter Debruge)
Time Magazine review (Richard Corliss)
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/59869 (Mr. Beaks)
Slashfilm reviews ‘The Hobbit’ (Germain Lussier)
http://www.totalfilm.com/reviews/cinema/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey (Matthew Leyland)
In-depth response to the HFR 3D aspect of ‘The Hobbit’ (Huffington Post)
Empire Magazine ‘Hobbit’ review (Dan Jolin)
A response to the HFR 3D (Chicago Tribune)
ComingSoon.net reviews The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Edward Douglas)
A response to common criticisms of ‘The Hobbit’ (3news.co.nz)