Although The Hobbit lacks to grace us with the same depth and conviction of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy it still brings something to the table. The Hobbit is a classic children's book and Jackson did not bother to make it anything more than just that. This light adventure in cinema magic is geared more towards the eye of children and tweens, but in turn it gives you a better sense of the naivety that Bilbo has before his adventure begins. Martin Freeman is in his element as the awkward and bookish Bilbo Baggins, and does nothing but bring charm to what could have easily been a failing script. The CGI is to die for and I am happy to see that the visual effects world has finally begun to believe in the power of overwhelming texture to bring that last ounce of life to their creations. Many reviewers have been asking how the film could have been if Guillermo Del Toro had been kept in the director's chair, but the moment I saw each character I knew that somehow he almost had. Each piece of each costume and make-up looks meticulously chosen to fit perfectly. Each Dwarf, goblin, troll, wizard, and hobbit alike have their own personalities through the style in which they were designed, and many scenes reminded me of what had been stunning about Pan's Labyrinth, the attention to detail. The slow and often clumsy pace was the true downfall of this film, and it will forever grieve me that Jackson had made the executive decision to turn one book into a trilogy. It remains to be seen if that is a terrible decision or a brave one, but the first installment did not leave my hopes high.