THE HOB­BIT: AN UN­EX­PECTED JOUR­NEY

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM LISTINGS - Di­rected by Peter Jack­son. Star­ring Martin Free­man, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Ai­dan Turner, Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, James Nes­bitt, Billy Con­nolly, Cate Blanchett, Christo­pher Lee, Eli­jah Wood, Evan­ge­line Lilly, Hugo Weav­ing

The first sec­tion in Jack­son’s lu­di­crously overextended three­part adap­ta­tion of a neat, per­fectly formed chil­dren’s book of­fers un­happy in­sights as to what’s gone wrong with the movie in­dus­try. Fea­tur­ing buck­ets of ex­tra­ne­ous chat­ter and too much prepara­tory fuss­ing, the movie barely finds time to set the characters loose on their quest. The story fi­nally takes off when Serkis ar­rives as Gol­lum, but, by then, the movie is be­yond sav­ing. Avail­able in dis­tract­ing 48 frames-per-sec­ond 3D in some un­lucky venues. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 166 min DC

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