The Hobbit goes for a lighter tone from the outset, which is absolutely in keeping with the Tolkien source material. The Hobbit was written as a childrenâs book and The Lord Of The Rings as a more grown-up expansion of that universe. Certainly thereâs a gravity and a solemnity about LOTR that isnât there in The Hobbit. And the new movie, though it stumbles on some comic miscues, does contain some nice laughs.
Winner: The Hobbit