We all know that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey could have easily been one, maybe two movies, but it is being stretched into three. Stretched is a fairly literal term here. The pacing of An Unexpected Journey has proven that there is hardly enough substance to sustain a compelling story-line for three movies without viewers getting tired of seeing the landscapes and costumes we've already experienced for almost ten hours in Jackson's first Tolkien trilogy. Besides the simple fact that it’s pretty much a trilogy made to ride on the success of The Lord of the Rings, what else is wrong with this movie?
Before you jump on me for not knowing anything because I didn’t read the books, I have read all of them multiple times. I am taking this from the view of a person who has never read them.
Let’s be honest here, there are too many for the average movie watcher to keep track of. Yes, the book has this many and introduces them a bit more, but this isn’t for the people who have read the book. The movie throws so many dwarves at us in such a short amount of time that it’s impossible to know or connect with any of them, save Thorin. In An Unexpected Journey, there was almost no way to feel any emotion towards the dwarves. It was a situation like, “Oh, did Loin or Dolin almost die?” Who really cares, there’s like ten other ones to take his place.
Slow to start
Many critics have bashed An Unexpected Journey for moving too slowly and it’s impossible to disagree with them. If the dwarves spent as much time traveling as they did singing and fighting over food, maybe they’d be at The Lonely Mountain. Do we really need 45 minutes of introduction before the adventure even begins? Then when they finally begin the adventure, the first part of it is Bilbo running behind the horses, dwarves sleeping, and then we get a speech about how Thorin failed to kill Azog who was writhing in pain five feet from him. Just start walking and get the journey started.
How many people came to the movie expecting to see a dragon? Everybody. How much of the dragon was in the movie? A tail and some fire at the beginning for about five minutes and then an eye at the end for about ten seconds. Isn’t The Hobbit all about slaying a dragon? I guess the ones who haven’t read the books wouldn’t realize that. But everyone still expected a dragon.
This is more of a personal annoyance. There’s an entire world to drop the dwarves into safety, so why pick the tallest, steepest rock possible? Not only did they almost die from an orc attack, but now they have to make an equally dangerous climb down a damn mountain. Huge eagles must have 2000/20 vision, how can they not find a small clearing in the woods? Yes, the woods may be filled with spiders and the like, but they did just survive an onslaught of orcs and wargs, so they are obviously somewhat competent on fighting large groups.
Even through all of these, I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the movie. For being so similar to The Lord of the Rings, it’s still pretty great. It does an extremely good job of staying true to the Middle Earth look we’ve grown to love in Jackson’s first trilogy, which gives us a sense of nostalgia for the groundbreaking movies released ten years ago. I just hope the next two can improve on what has already been laid out for us in An Unexpected Journey.
Let the hate comments begin…