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How did Peter Jackson and team manage to turn all 310 pages of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" into three films (410 if you count the appendices)? Easy, just add several back-story inserts, plenty of walking and a lot of chasing, pausing only for brief moments of discussion after which all that was discussed will be ignored. It has been nine years since we last followed a group of fantastical characters as they walked around Middle Earth and with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure we are followers once again. Only this time realizing a story one-fifth the size of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" novels has been needlessly stretched out into three films as commerce continues to drive art. Where Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy was a financial risk, The Hobbit trilogy is a financial certainty and with 3-D and three films it's going to mean big bucks for Warner Bros. »

- Brad Brevet

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