Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving and Peter Jackson are back with the prequels to the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit.  This is one book stretched over three movies, so naturally, fans were more than a little skeptical.

There was a lot of complaining about this movie on the Internet and I’m not sure why.  Jackson shot it at 48 frames per second, but quite frankly, I didn’t notice the difference.  Maybe my theater didn’t show it right, maybe you have to see 3D, but it looked fine to me.  It was great to see Christopher Lee and Elijah Wood in their LOTR roles again.  Even seeing Ian Holm as older Bilbo was pretty awesome.  Maybe it’s my affinity for the characters from the other movies, I’m not sure.

The movie is well-paced, pretty action packed and didn’t seem to lag.  Maybe it’s because I don’t remember exactly the events of the book, but I thought the ones portrayed her were fine.  I mean, not really seeing the dragon was kind of annoying, but I understand that they are saving that for the other films.  Who knows.  Maybe you just need to be a fan of this fantasy stuff.  If you are, I think you’ll enjoy this movie, if not, then I’m not sure why you’d even read this review.

I will say that the naysayers do have a point.  This movie isn’t as focused as Lord of the Rings, but that’s to be expected.  LOTR was about the world potentially ending.  The Hobbit has always been a children’s book about a quest.  The events are important, but not as important as the ones in LOTR.  But quite frankly, I didn’t care.  Peter Jackson’s filmmaking is right on the mark.  The characters are fun and events move along.  I say, go see it.

I give The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 8 out of 10 keggers.