Newest Hobbit Film a Visual Feast for the Faithful

CBS St. Louis

harry-star-3andahalfstarsIf you are a true fan of the J. R. R. Tolkien books, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure” will be a mostly satisfying motion picture that has dazzling vistas and CG effects. The landscapes of New Zealand have always aided this mostly single-plot storytelling. This film is a prequel to “Lord of the Rings.”

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After a striking start, which includes a kind of beginning narrative by Ian Holm as Old Bilbo, the movie grinds through about a 30 minute script slog as our little hero with the big feet, Bilbo Baggins, played with an unassuming flair by Martin Freeman, decides whether or not to join a sturdy group of thirteen dwarfs who have shown up at his door and consumed every bit of food in Bilbo’s humble in-ground home in Bag End. They are led by the warrior Thorin Oakenshied, played by Richard Armitage. Ian McKellen as Gandalf the wizard starts the parade of…

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