I'd be willing to bet that most of you have either already seen or are going to see the Hobbit. A prequel to the Lord of the Rings movies and the first in a trilogy. Now before I went into the theater I heard a lot of concerning things about the movie. It was 40 minutes too long, it was boring and all that happened was a bunch of walking around, there wasn't even a story, all these are actual complaints I've seen and pretty disconcerting stuff. I can safely say that the people who are complaining can go fack themselves.
After hearing all the negative, I was pleasantly surprised by how good it actually was. The movie starts off recounting the fall of the Lonely Mountain, then the next 30 minutes or so are Bilbo in his Hobbit hole meeting the dwarves and whatnot. My only real complaint of the movie is that this section could have been streamlined a bit, but I didn't really mind. Is this a mile a minute movie? No. Is it packed to the gills with action? Not really. Is it boring, slow, and too long? Not in the slightest.
Yes it's about 2 hours and 45 minutes, but not a single minute of it dragged or felt overly slow. For those of you who are afraid there's not enough action, don't worry, there's plenty of action scenes and thrilling moments. There's is always something going on, from outwitting trolls, to running from orcs and wargs, to mountains that transform into fighting giants, to the famous Gollum scene (which Gollum was awesome by the way), and the amazing cities of the dwarves and the goblins, there's plenty of eye candy to be had. One thing that I was a bit annoyed at was they never show you Smaug as a whole, you see bits and pieces of him, a tail here, a claw there, but their saving his money shots for the next one. Not a big complaint, just a minor aggravation.
Now there is a difference between this movie and the Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings were a bit more on the dark and serious type, the Hobbit adds a lot more whimsy and fantasy, plus a lot of humor. Is this a bad thing? Not in my opinion, we've got tons of serious movies, it's nice to have a movie that's just fun and magical, a beautiful and interesting fantasy world to get lost in.
Is it the best movie I've ever seen? Well no probably not, but it's defiantly one of the better movies out there and one of my new favorites. I personally enjoyed it more than the original LotR movies. Those who are complaining are the typical people who always complain about movies no matter how they are. If you're a fan of fantasy, Tolkien and enjoy watching movies instead of bitching about them, then run you fools to the closest theater and watch An Unexpected Journey, you won't be disappointed.
Now we wait for the Desolation of Smaug and it can't get here fast enough.
Bonus points for ponies and a Twilight Sparkle esk story of meeting others who aren't exactly like you but becoming friends with them anyway.