Dan Meyer’s review published on Letterboxd:
This movie has some obvious flaws, but there is a magic to it that makes it memorable. Unlike a lot of the people who enjoy this movie, I did not grow up having watched it — I watched it for the first time in 2020. What I really enjoy about this movie is the overall atmosphere that it crafts through the music, art style, writing, and voice acting. This film seems to encapsulate the mystery and magical feeling of the book, which I think is accomplished with the direct language used from the text. There are pacing issues, and we can all agree that the Bilbo, Gollum, and the wood elves look ridiculous (although this has more to do with the fact that many fantasy tropes had not been fully ingrained, through things like Dungeons & Dragons). Nowadays every orc, elf, dwarf, dragon, etc looks exactly the same. Even Smaug, in this movie, is given the look of a lion. I can appreciate this.