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The Hobbit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Lavinia, Poughkeepsie, NY

Some are calling it a splendid success, and others label it an unexpected failure. Despite these extremes, most critics are settling in the middle. Peter Jackson's first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was definitely … unexpected.

For those who do not know the plot, it is a children's tale set in the fictional world of Middle Earth. We are introduced to a gentle, peaceful ­population of small beings called hobbits. “The Hobbit” is the story of Bilbo Baggins, who is just another hobbit, until the wizard Gandalf sends him on a grand adventure.

The cast is great, and I can hardly complain about any performance. Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman deliver solid performances as Gandalf and Bilbo respectively. Richard Armitage brings Thorin to a whole new level.

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5 comment(s)
i can tell
Nov. 20, 2014 at 1:57 PM • Report
Gah! I absolutely loved the movie and the book! I am a HUGE fan. (If you can't tell by the username) Your review was pretty thorough! Nice analysis!
Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:12 PM • Report
i can can tell
Nov. 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM • Report
 i think i wanted more about the flim but this was a great review thanks :D
Jan. 07, 2013 at 7:50 PM • Report
:) Thanks! I will keep that in mind in the future!
Jan. 08, 2013 at 5:23 PM • Report