Movie Review: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” And A Long one, Too

If you promised that, in some distant future, the Grim Reaper would delay his visit to me by two hours and forty-nine minutes, the running time of director Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” I might not feel so put out by its indulgent length. While splendid in several ways, the rewards narrowly outdistance its daunting duration.