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Not every critic loved The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey but audiences seem more than okay with it as the film is still going strong at the box office, destined to land as one of the top five highest-grossing films of 2012 and with more than $800 million grossed worldwide. If it felt a little familiar at times, it isn’t just because it featured the return of Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum and a host of supporting characters and locations that populate Middle-earth. The Hobbit naturally shares characters with the Lord of the Rings film trilogy that made Jackson one of the best known movie directors in the world, but there were also a number of events or sequences deliberately constructed to echo the Lotr films. Some fans love the echoes, some decidedly do not...

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