4 December 2012 5:32 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Among a wave of fan hype and critical cynicism, Peter Jackson’s first entry into his much-debated Hobbit trilogy is here, giving us a glimpse into the director’s process moving forward while also providing a few questions – and a healthy dose of scepticism – for what is to follow. An Unexpected Journey, the first near-3-hour dose of Tolkein we’re going to get over the next 18-or-so months, does plenty to highlight most of the trepidations pundits and fans alike have had about Jackson’s three-film approach, and though the film is enjoyable to a point, it’s difficult to escape the feeling that it’s an unnecessarily drawn-out if industriously-produced exploitation of the Rings fanbase.

An Unexpected Journey begins by introducing us to Bilbo Bagins as we remember him from Lord of the Rings (played by Ian Holm), as he sits about the Shire »

- Shaun Munro

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