People always complain that there's no need to do a two-part movie on the very first book which I'll agree with the exception of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. However, when there's a three-part movie of The Hobbit, everybody including me were shocked and it didn't make any sense at all. For me, I'm going to review the movies as a separate whole, and not think about the comparisons to Lord of the Rings, or the fact that it's a three movie series to one book. So further due, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a really good movie that was a bit of a rough start. Ian McKellen is still great as always as Gandalf. Martin Freeman is terrific as young Bilbo Baggins and is just the right casting for him, especially when he kind of does look like a young Ian Holm. I've never heard of Richard Armitage before, but when he played Thorin Oakenshield, he certainly got my attention how very intimidating he is. Most of the characters are memorable, and the humor is pretty funny. Howard Shore comes back as the composer, and he still brought the classy music in this that made one aspect of The Lord of the Rings famous. The effects are very stylish, and the writing is good, but it feels like they were playing it a bit safe and didn't quite put their A game in this film. The main villain is very average and more of a distraction until it gets to Smaug. Some scenes stretch it out too long, and some scene were just pointless to be in this. The action scenes are great, and despite it being stretched too thin at times, and I was never bored of this film. There's a scene that the characters were talking about one of the main villains in The Lord of the Rings which would be fine if it was short, but even that was a bit stretched out which was almost getting to the point that I would get irritated because I know about it as I've watched The Lord of the Rings series. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a fun movie which would've been more fun if it wasn't so long and didn't add scenes in it that weren't necessary unless it's connected to the film itself.