Flash Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

It has been a long time; some people had relationships that were of a shorter duration. When we first met my eyes were dazzled by your beauty and my mind was tickled by your fanciful creativity. You showed me places I had only read about in books, never imagining I would see them come to life. I so enjoyed listening to your stories as the images you created appeared before my very eyes. You had this ability to sweep me away to a place where I could forget my problems and let the little boy inside of me come out to play. The years have been good to us. Like any relationship we settled into an easy comfort as we grew old together. Though my hearing and vision may not be as good as it used to be, I still looked forward to the tales you would tell me. After all this time I very much appreciated the fact you did not judge me if it looked like I was about to doze off during your storytelling; you know I never did. By the way, whenever I needed to take a bathroom break I always quickly ran there and back so I would not miss much.    DIRECTOR Peter Jackson (King Kong, The Lovely Bones) and I started our journey back in 2001 at the release of his first film from his Lord of the Rings trilogy. Twenty-three years later we meet again for the last movie of his Hobbit franchise. This film festival winning adventure fantasy was just as spectacular visually as the previous ones. I particularly admired Peter’s eye for detail when it came to the scenes. Besides returning cast members Ian McKellen (X-Men franchise, Gods and Monsters) as Gandalf and Martin Freeman (Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) as Bilbo Baggins, there was newcomer Billy Connolly (The Boondock Saints, Quartet) adding a bit of life with his character Dain. Let me start by saying I enjoyed this film more than the previous one. Smaug the dragon, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imagination Game, Sherlock-TV), who ended the last movie began this one with a fiery blast. What it boiled down to for me (no pun intended) was the script could not match the visual technical achievements of the scenes. After all this time there was a tired feeling to the last couple of pictures. It seemed as if this final installment was repetitive, with added fillers. For me watching a nearly one hour long battle scene was a laborious undertaking; it lost intensity as it went on. There was a “let us throw everything at them” quality to it. I am, however, glad I saw this movie. Our relationship may not have been as fresh as it once was, but I could not stand Peter up.

 

2 2/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 22, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I had to see the film but was ultimately disappointed. I think they rued the decision to make 3 films. Until they see their inflated bank balance again. There just wasn’t enough source material to use without stretching things too far. Not the ending I was hoping for but one I will live with.

  2. A good movie with some resemblence to the book 🙂

  3. This is what I thought about the last film.

  4. I saw this in 3D and really enjoyed it. The 3D was the best I have seen yet. I agree the battle scene did seem a bit long, but overall I did enjoy it. Thanks for the review!

  5. Fine review. It seems like everyone its right around the middle on this film.

  6. I had to see this last one too but as with others it was slow starting for me. I was glad they finally picked up the pace otherwise I might have been embarrassed by my behavior. Still, would not have missed it for anything. Love Bilbo Baggins.

  7. I wonder what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought about this movie!!!? I enjoyed it – even went twice to see it, but the characterizations, especially Bilbo’s character arc, were weak. I’m going back to read the book! Great review.

  8. eh…this felt like a cash grab, with some action scenes thrown in. there really was no reason for this to be split up into 3 movies. I made peace with it being 2, but 3 was just a bit much. also, shouldn’t a movie called the hobbit actually focus on the hobbit?!?

    great review, man!

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