Movie News: The first audiences going to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are expected to leave the cinema sometime in early 2014.

With a running time of 613,606 minutes – nearly 14 months – the first film in the new trilogy from director Peter Jackson is a true epic – featuring some single take scenes that reportedly last for weeks at a time and feature actor Martin Freeman ‘sleeping, looking out of the window and sighing.’

“The scene when Gandalf solemnly smokes a clay pipe for a month will stay with audiences for a long, long time,” said film critic Rick Brophy, who was treated to a preview of the film last year.

“I’m really excited about the next two films, but I’m also excited about seeing my family. I can barely remember what my kids look like.”

Cinema goers have been warned about the film’s lengthy running time. “We ask patrons to consider taking a bathroom break at least once a day during screenings,” said a spokesman for Vue cinemas.

“Also, you should expect that when this film is over, there’s a high probability some of your elderly relatives will have passed away.”

Story: Simon Swatman

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