Film Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The-Hobbit-Battle-of-the-Five-Armies-poster-9-691x1024Film: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Released: 2014
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage

In the final installment of the trilogy, Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.

What I thought of it:
I have been totally and utterly underwhelmed by this trilogy, which is a great disappointment after loving The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The major difference being that with The Lord of the Rings, they made three substantial books and turned them into three substantial movies, crammed full of detail and action. With The Hobbit trilogy, they have taken a single book that is shorter than any of the three in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and stretched it into three movies, meaning they had to write additional material and invent extra characters to flesh it out a bit.

The Hobbit was never one of my favourite books – I was once forced to read it before playing a part in a stage version of it, and I found it incredibly difficult to plod through – it didn’t engage me at all. Having the source material stretched beyond its own limits to make money off three films has not made me like it any more.

There are fine performances from everyone involved, but I found myself bored to tears almost from the beginning, and this has been the case with all three installments, which is a shame. What could have been one really great film has become three very mediocre movies instead, and I do not see myself ever making a repeat viewing of them. (Unlike with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which I have loved in its full, extended director’s cut version).

Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Nominated for the Oscar in the Best Sound Editing category. I suppose it’s conceivable that it could take home the statue, but it would be the poor second cousin to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won eleven (count them, eleven!) Oscars, including Best Picture. In your face, Hobbit!


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