11 December 2012 6:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy has zero traction with my kids.    “You shall not pass!” “My precious.” “I’m on your side, Mr. Frodo.” Nothing. Despite the fact that Jackson’s films left an indelible stamp on pop culture, my eight year old wasn’t even born when Return of the King came out in 2003, so they’ve never slipped on the Rings and haven’t sampled any of Tolkien’s stories.    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first film in the (so far) four-picture franchise that I think would actually interest them.  Sweeping fantasy adventure. Darkly imaginative worlds. Subdued physical comedy. Dedicated Rings fans might find The Hobbit too...

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- Sean O'Connell

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