Though major critics didn’t universally love it, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy to the Lord of the Rings, still did gigantic business at the box office this weekend, grossing nearly $85 million (easily breaking the record for the highest December opening of all time) and earning an glowing “A” CinemaScore. In other words, the critics got it wrong this time as millions of fans returned to Middle Earth and loved every second of it, setting up the film to continue to play well throughout the lucrative holiday frame. At Reel Reactions, our own James Hausman awarded An Unexpected Journey an enthusiastic 8.5/10, and in our latest podcast he joins Zack Sharf and Mike Murphy for an open discussion of everything Hobbit: Is the film worth a trip back to Middle Earth? Just how great does Andy Serkis slip back into playing Gollum? What’s the fuss over the controversial use of 48fps? Was splitting one book into three movies a good idea? Just us for a critical reaction of The Hobbit here:
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