Cut 30 minutes and this would’ve been an A-movie
Once again the screening time doesn’t give JRR Tolkien’s story justice. With one book separated into three films, it’s only normal for Peter Jackson to be able to add more content into the trilogy. But he overdid it with An Unexpected Journey with an unnecessary lengthy screening time that’s unapologetic. Gollum’s scene was a perfect example of how slow the pace was. Yes I missed him, but I don’t want to wait for 5 minutes just to find out if he could answer a damn riddle! But no matter how many times I complain, the transformation from book to movie was well-executed, the story is excellent and Martin Freeman is one solid Bilbo Baggins. And that’s what matters the most.
Law of diminishing returns aside, the movie boasts beautiful sceneries, lush valleys, over-the-top visual effects and wonderful set pieces. My favorite scene from the film was the one with the stone giants. And at that moment you’d probably forget the film was playing for two hours already. So if you can forgive Jackson for unnecessarily dragging the film, you’ll get to see magic at the big screen once more.