Money, money, money is all i can say....that being said, this, (unlike the next two entries in the trilogy) fully satisfies as adaptation...Martin Freeman is pitch perfect (as usual) as Bilbo, tasked unwantedly...the antics of the dwarves and the ever graceful Mckellan dusting off his Gandalf clothes keep the whimsy and magic of the Tolkien universe alive for another go round....Good start to a poor to fair trilogy,
This prequel to "LoTR" has the feeling of returning to an old friend as it reintroduce characters and pay off things that were discussed and shown in the first trilogy. The film give us better heroic dwarfs but the film's weakness is it's over familiarity. We know much of this story already so it never really surprises us and the film takes too long to really start and action scenes look more like omitted from games.
If you're a fan of the original trilogy, then it's practically impossible to not go, "This isn't as good as The Lord of the Rings." Because it isn't. Nowhere near as good. But that doesn't mean it's bad. It's a fun fantasy film, but the characters, besides a select few, and the plot aren't too interesting.
[4th time?] As a kid, I was a huge fan of the LotR trilogy, so when this movie was announces I was highly anticipating it. I went to see it twice and I liked it a lot. But 5 years after, I think it has lost its magic. I got bored at parts and thought many scenes were redundant or pointless, especially when you've read the book and know they added a lot of things. Nevertheless, Martin Freeman did a great job as Bilbo.
My Xmas film marathon for 2017: "An Unexpected Journey" had its cools moments, Golum absolutely stole the show, and it was nice to see several of the characters from the original trilogy coming back. Through all the dangers it would've been nice (or plausible) to see a couple of dwarves getting killed. Azog and the orcs were weak antagonists.
...Als ich aus dem Kino kam, ärgerten sich die meisten Gäste darüber, dass die Zwerge im Film gleich zu Beginn singen mussten. Niemand mag Gesangs-Einlagen und deshalb sollte man Jacksons Mut, die Leichtigkeit des Kinderbuchs umgesetzt zu haben, loben! Der Hobbit ist an sich nicht so düster wie der Ring! (Dazu gibts unsere Film List der fortlaufend erzählten Trilogien auf cinegeek.de