This is the first of a three-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, to be followed by “The Desolation of Smaug” and “There and Back Again”, due for theatrical release in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The three films together will act as prequels to Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Just as with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this movie is almost 3 hours long, and the truth is I was so desperate to go to the toilet that I could not concentrate for the last hour of the film.
Of course if I had known it was going to be so long, I would have gone before, or got up during the film. However, the film was so exciting that I did not want to miss a minute of it, and assumed that the movie must be ending very soon after we passed the 2 hour mark…not fun!
Irregardless (not a real word, but a private joke) the movie is a must see for any fan of the other 3 movies, and it is great entertainment for a long afternoon!