Posted on 1/10/13 09:36 PM
Bilbo goes adventuring with Gandalf and a troupe of mostly interchangeable dwarves. As expected, this adventure is of a smaller scale (and smaller stakes) than it's chronological predecessor 'Lord of the Rings'. Only thing is, it's no more personal, either. It's just more of the same, but somehow blander. Even with the inclusion of much peripheral Middle Earth lore, 'Hobbit Part 1' still feels like there's only enough story for a movie half its length. Sure there are action sequence diversions, and Martin Freeman is hugely entertaining, but nothing really changes. Except maybe the dynamic within the group, but even then it's with a half-hearted shrug. Gandalf, more than ever, has become the very epitome of deus ex machina.