The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ★★★★

My dad watching The Hobbit:
“Alright. Which one is Hobbit?”

Growing up as a big ol fan of the Lord of the Rings movies, when I first saw these Hobbits, to say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I even said I hated them for years. I don’t know who I was trying to impress because...frankly they aren’t that bad, and this one is pretty damn good. As my buddy Mark has said before: “Peter Jackson working below his full potential is still preferable to many directors working at their full potential......Noah Baumbach.” So sure I was disappointed not to get, what, absolute lightning in a bottle twice in a row? A legitimate movie miracle twice? Shut the shell up, angry young Hayden. This is a children’s adventure movie taking place in a world I love. Dwarves preparing feasts and singing songs? Funny wizards? Horrifying warg beasts? Anything to give me another excuse to visit this wonderland Jackson has brought to life. Just give me more New Zealand and Howard Shore.

The criticism that the movie is way too long isn’t unfounded but I’m not the person to make that complaint. If Peter Jackson wanted to make a 12 hour Call Me By Your Name remake with Hobbits (you know, where everyone just sits around and eats, sleeps, and reads books, just like in Call Me By Your Name), I’d watch the hell out of it as long as it was in The Shire. Is there a better realized fully fictional world than Peter Jackson’s? One you’d want to live in more than this? I don’t think so.

It’s hard not to think about the absolute clusterfuck that was the production (including pre and post) of these things, but given that they were thrown together in 2 days, it’s kind of staggering they came out as well as they did. All thanks to the absolute masterclass of Petey Jacks. We don’t deserve you, dude.

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