The Hobbit: Like butter
scraped over too much bread

“Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.” So said Bilbo to Gandalf in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, when he was relating the ennui which accompanies a life lived too long. The same might be said of Peter Jackson’s first instalment of The Hobbit, which at 2 hours 45 minutes, is a film that goes too long. I will reserve judgement on the wisdom of dividing a short children’s novel into a three part movie epic, but I can say with...

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