It's been almost a decade since Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy came to a close. Now, the special effects devotee has brought the first episode of The Hobbit to the big screen. Adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's children's fantasy novel by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, the story has been ruthlessly dragged out to fill three protracted episodes.
Beck Ireland writes: "In the parsing of the big moments into three separate episodes, the filmmakers have milked every small detour for every added minute they can provide."
The Hobbit is currently playing in theaters. Read Beck's review.