Cracks forming in Middle Earth?

A still from director Peter Jackson's upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

A still from director Peter Jackson's upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

MICHAEL RECHTSHAFFEN, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:57 PM ET

Anticipation is still running high for the first installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, although with the film out Friday, there are signs of potential cracks in Middle Earth.

The first sign The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey might not be the masterpiece that Tolkien fans were hoping? That came with a report from advance screening audiences that Jackson's cutting-edge 48-frames-per-second projection wasn't universally applauded.

There were many (us included) who felt the ultra-high-def results made the movie look like something you'd watch on the BBC or PBS, and the visually jarring results required some adjustment.

Meanwhile, Jackson and the film's producers were spanked by PETA, who accused them of unethical treatment of dozens of animals.


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