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Dec 20, 2012

The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey

This is extra-long One Minute Review of the extra-long Hobbit movie.  Both are self-indulgent and filled with more content than you need.  That's called being "meta."

One Minute Review: The Hobbit, an Unexpected Journey from Thomas McKenzie on Vimeo.


  1. Great minds think alike, not only on the film (though I did enjoy it a bit more than you, I think) but on the review. I'm splitting mine into two parts. Part I is here:


  2. I consciously refrained from invoking Phantom Menace in my blog review, but it was very much in mind while I was thinking through my impressions of the The Hobbit.
    I see where you're coming from, but I'm giving Jackson the benefit of the doubt.
    If the next two movies go well (and that's the expectation) I think it will bed down pretty well.
    Given that these trilogies will eventually be considered a series, though the two primary sources are stylistically very different, I think Jackson is making some prudent decisions about style, length and pacing that will harmonise the two units in the long run.
    However I don't hope for an extended version of this.
    Saw it in 3D/24fps and thought everyone looked lively enough.

  3. Agree with most everything except the make-up and (kinda) Thorin. He's a dwarf - of course he's not as cool as Aragorn. And as for editing, you're absolutely right, but I think this film will be the roughest of the three when it comes to that (PJ and the crew finished the movie 2 days before the premiere, after all).