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Blu-Ray/DVD Review: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’: Return to Middle Earth

March 17, 2013

Hobbit DVD Box Art

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth fantasies, proportion is everything. A creature as small as a Hobbit, provided he has a big heart and vast reserves of courage, can prevail against enormous odds — and that’s the inspiration of it all.

But in director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit,┬áthe proportions feel wrong.

Jackson’s original Rings trilogy is perhaps the greatest fantasy work ever created for the big screen. And its proportions were this: Each lengthy Tolkien novel in the trilogy got one epic-length film.

Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a far shorter book than any of them, yet it’s getting three epic-length films. So the proportions are off. As beautiful as the first film is to behold, it’s stretched out for too long. (more…)