Quite a few review from friends was that the movie was draggy and that we should bring a cup of coffee along to keep awake, so AMM had some apprehension when going into the theatre.
However, AMM quite enjoyed the movie and thought it was extremely well done; perhaps it could be attributed to lowered expectations going into the movie. Directed by Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was shot in 3D and was the first movie to be shot with a higher frames per second ratio of 48fps as compared to the usual 24fps.
Jackson masterfully explained and referenced forward in many scenes as to how things transpired in the Lord of The Rings trilogy, and how there was a calm before the storm. There was perhaps a couple of scenes where it took longer than usual causing the pacing to be just that little bit off with so many other things going on.
Certain sequences and characters does look too digital at the start, but overall it was well directed and a very good movie. Although catching the movie in the digital version, it does look very much like the 3D version would be impressive, so do catch it in 3D if possible!
AMM rates The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 5/5.