I actually saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on the December 13 midnight showing even though I had to get up early for work the next day, and I must say that it was definitely worth it. I won’t go into detail about the plot for two reasons:
1) I did a review of the book a few weeks back.
2) The movie was very, very close to the book, and so very satisfying.
In fact, there were parts that weren’t in the book that I was glad they added (although I have been told that a lot of the extra stuff was in the appendices which I didn’t read). The scenes added only enhanced the film and the whole story, going into more detail on parts that were only really glossed over in the book, such as the necromancer (who is Sauron for those who don’t know) and adding in the white orc.
I was really surprised that this film was still 3 hours long. Knowing that it was going to be broken into 3 parts, I was expecting to see a 1.5 to 2 hour movie. But since it is 3 hours long, it makes me very curious to see where they’re going to take it. The first movie ends about half way through the book, which makes me wonder what’ll happen if they finish the book with the second movie. Will the third be about the events that happen between where the Hobbit ends and the trilogy begins? Honestly, I think that would be pretty cool, but since I don’t know for certain all I can do is wait to find out.
Yes, I know there are critics out there saying some negative things about the movie, but my advice is to not listen to them. Although that’s my advice with every movie, it’s especially true for The Hobbit. Go see it. You will not regret it.