Excerpt: Jackson, pur raccontando una storia apparentemente più semplice e lineare, la affronta con lo stesso spirito avventuroso e la guasconeria sfrontata e malinconica, che ne hanno fatto il degno erede di George Lucas.
Excerpt: In The Fellowship of the Ring, Wraiths and Orcs offered palpable danger and the undertaking of the film’s central mission was not a thing done lightly. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has no stakes and, therefore, it lacks any reason good enough to make seeing it worthwhile.
Excerpt: Unfortunately, instead of simply adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, Jackson has opted to use the story as a jumping off point for a convoluted prequel that threatens to do for Middle Earth what George Lucas’s STAR WARS prequels did for a galaxy far, far away.
Excerpt: A pesar de los esfuerzo de Peter Jackson por revivir la magia de Tierra Media, la historia de El Hobbit es menos interesante y menos épica que la de El Señor de los Anillos, y probablemente no justifique una nueva trilogía.
Excerpt: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is long, and it is more of the same, but truth be told, that’s what the fans wanted. There may not be a lot of new ground broken here, but the journey back to Middle Earth does deliver what it promises.
Excerpt: Returning to Middle Earth is like returning to a favorite vacation retreat and with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the audience is quickly and easily transported back to the places that they fell in love with 11 years ago.
Excerpt: Get ready for a more heated debate than any election season. Is Peter Jackson’s ambitious, overblown adaptation worth it, or is it a flagrant attempt to create a cash cow out of a children’s book? The answer is yes.
Excerpt: An Unexpected Journey begins to suffer from its overstretched material, resembling a less engaging Fellowship of the Ring until the most memorable portion of the material – the Gollum-Bilbo confrontation – kicks the film off in earnest and holds us in its grasp until the credits roll.
Excerpt: Nine years after the king returned, Peter Jackson is taking us back to Middle Earth to show us how it all began. The question is, will the prologue measure up to the wonderful chapters we’ve already read?
Excerpt: And by the way, couldn’t our heroes just ride Gandalf’s birds all the way to The Lonely Mountain? Ah, but that would result in fewer films, and think of the billions of dollars that would be lost.
Excerpt: Like that sad, bug-eyed creature, moviegoers may not have realized how much they missed movies like this onscreen in the past several years. Yet we now have our precious back in hand, and here’s to two more years of wild, sure-to-be-met expectations of supreme Tolkien mastery.
Excerpt: While the events of An Unexpected Journey take place against the backdrop of fallen kingdoms, whispered prophecies, and age-old racial enmities, its story lacks the apocalyptic, Wagnerian sweep of Rings. Jackson studs his vision of the The Hobbit with plenty of fantastical action set-pieces, but generally conveys a mood that is more homespun and cheeky.