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

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Nice, but too long

While I did quite like the first two parts of The Hobbit Trilogy, this one didn't work out all that well for me. It's just not a good idea to make 3 films out of a 200 page children's book even with the additions not in the original story. And, I really don't see the need to make a 2.5hr film out of a story that can be summarized as "dragon attacks, prepare for battle, battle, the end". It's just too much fighting and nothing else and, even worse, some of the fight scenes just make no sense and are borderline ridiculous. There were also moments .. the scene involving Galadriel or Thorin's gold bath .. that seemed to me like the director was just cracking up or something. You have all these marvelous details and then suddenly the film derails into a really crappy b-movie style that might work for something like Doctor Who, but certainly not here. It was supposed to be scary, but had me laughing and rolling my eyes .. not good.
However, Martin Freeman is again just brilliant as Bilbo an...(more)

While I did quite like the first two parts of The Hobbit Trilogy, this one didn't work out all that well for me. It's just not a good idea to make 3 films out of a 200 page children's book even with the additions not in the original story. And, I really don't see the need to make a 2.5hr film out of a story that can be summarized as "dragon attacks, prepare for battle, battle, the end". It's just too much fighting and nothing else and, even worse, some of the fight scenes just make no sense and are borderline ridiculous. There were also moments .. the scene involving Galadriel or Thorin's gold bath .. that seemed to me like the director was just cracking up or something. You have all these marvelous details and then suddenly the film derails into a really crappy b-movie style that might work for something like Doctor Who, but certainly not here. It was supposed to be scary, but had me laughing and rolling my eyes .. not good.
However, Martin Freeman is again just brilliant as Bilbo and it was wonderful to see the many other actors I've come to love in their roles again. I also do like the added silly little elf-dwarf romance, but I tend to go for silly romances every now and then. And, the scenery is just breathtaking.
It would have been a much better film if reduced to something like 2 hours or less and without that insane scene in the middle. (less)

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Ends in Disappointment

When walking out of the theaters from the second Hobbit film, disappointment was something of an understatement of what I was feeling; thinking back on the film, I wondered about all of my time that was wasted by the various unnecessary and boring chase scenes, how the characters starting feeling more flat and less interesting, how Bilbo had become less of a main character and more of a figure of comedic relief. Beyond the witty banter between Bilbo and Smaug, I found the whole movie to be something of a chore, ending poorly and delivering little beyond a half-baked love triangle that nobody wanted, including the actors, and something of a teaser for what was supposed to be a huge sequel.

And it was huge- a huge disappointment.

I'm not going to try and sugar-coat it or anything, this was simply a bad film; I haven't laughed this hard at a non-comedy film since Harry Potter 7 Part 2. Heck, I laughed harder during this film than I have some recent comedies, like Neighbors or Get The...(more)

When walking out of the theaters from the second Hobbit film, disappointment was something of an understatement of what I was feeling; thinking back on the film, I wondered about all of my time that was wasted by the various unnecessary and boring chase scenes, how the characters starting feeling more flat and less interesting, how Bilbo had become less of a main character and more of a figure of comedic relief. Beyond the witty banter between Bilbo and Smaug, I found the whole movie to be something of a chore, ending poorly and delivering little beyond a half-baked love triangle that nobody wanted, including the actors, and something of a teaser for what was supposed to be a huge sequel.

And it was huge- a huge disappointment.

I'm not going to try and sugar-coat it or anything, this was simply a bad film; I haven't laughed this hard at a non-comedy film since Harry Potter 7 Part 2. Heck, I laughed harder during this film than I have some recent comedies, like Neighbors or Get Them to the Greek, although that isn't saying much. Still, there was something about The Battle of Five Armies that tickled me in the way Batman and Robin and other such horrendous flicks have in the past.

The primary contributor to this? The complete lack of suspension of disbelief. IN the first five minutes, something so absurd happens that left me laughing hysterically to myself. I won't spoil it here, but it's just so dumb it's somewhat hard to imagine why it was included. What's more, the movie utilizes every stereotypical stop to try and make the work more dramatic. We have constant slow-mo moments, the soft, thoughtful music that's supposed to make you get a case of the feels, and lots of characters trying to find themselves. It feels poorly put together and not well thought out, as these techniques are just thrown around haphazardly.

This is accentuated by the fact that the characters that get this special treatment are often characters that I didn't care about. For a story about Bilbo and his adventure, we spend incredibly little time with him, with what felt like a half hour stretching between viewings of him. This can be amounted to the fact that, during this section of the text, Bilbo was originally written to be unconscious. Yet this still doesn't excuse how much time we spend with the humans, the elves, the orcs, anybody who isn't our merry band of dwarves and Bilbo. It feels embarrassingly sloppy and poorly executed, not doing justice to those who are intended to be the main characters. Jackson still attempts to present them as such, but beyond the ending it can be hard for it to feel that way.

As previously mentioned, much of what occurs in this film was skipped over in the book, as Bilbo was unconscious for a majority of it. Because of this, the writers had a lot of free reign over what happened, resulting in perhaps some of the longest build-up to the fight presented in the title, the first hour and a half acting as a lengthy and frustrating build-up. This coupled with the absurd burst of action that starts the film, as is to be expected because of the cliff-hanger it was left with, makes the pacing of the film feel very out-of-kilter. And once the fighting starts, it barely breaths until it's all over, providing viewers with some of the most ridiculous and over-the-top action moments of the last five years of film. Legolas returns with some of the most stupidly implausible stunts imaginable, outdoing those of the original trilogy. All of this isn't helped by Guillermo del Toro's "help" in the designs of the trolls, creating some of the most disgusting monstrosities I've ever seen, more so than most things that are supposed to gross me out. Some appear to be very Attack on Titan-esque, whereas others are grotesquely mutilated in a way that's both absurd and nasty. Why this was thought to be a good design to include baffles me, as they stand out in the Lord of the Rings universe as very out-of-place and unsettling.

There are many other little issues I have with the movie, but ultimately this film feels more like a Transformers film that anything, made up of lots of slow moments with characters that feel flat and meaningless, leading up to a ton of battles that are ridiculous in scale and content. If you're into that sort of easy summer blockbuster or you're not and am looking for a good laugh, it's worth a rent. But beyond that, I can't really recommend this to anyone. (less)

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gave

Will you follow me, one last time?

The best of Peter Jackson's long drawn-out trilogy. While still overly long, it is much more fast-paced than the previous two installments, and carries a lot more emotional weight. The battle scenes got positively ridiculous towards the end (Legolas skipping up a bunch of falling rocks was particularly unintentionally hilarious).

Martin Freeman is the standout actor here. He can do more with a raised eyebrow or a smirk than most actors can do with a monologue. I kind of wish he'd had more screen time, but the story didn't need it. Ian McKellen will always be a favorite of mine as Gandalf. In all, a pretty good conclusion to the series; makes me want to pop Fellowship in the DVD player right now.

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Cast:

Small Bilbo Baggins
Small Gandalf
Small Thorin Oakenshield
Small Tauriel
Small Galadriel
Small Legolas
Small Bard the Bowman
Small Elrond
Small Smaug
Small Saruman

Crew:

No_movie_poster Carolynne Cunningham Production
No_movie_poster Fran Walsh Production
No_movie_poster Fran Walsh Writer
No_movie_poster Fran Walsh Writing
Small Guillermo del Toro Writer
Small Guillermo del Toro Writing
Small J.R.R. Tolkien Novel
No_movie_poster Jabez Olssen Editing
No_movie_poster Mark Ordesky Production
Small Peter Jackson Director
Small Peter Jackson Production
Small Peter Jackson Writer
Small Peter Jackson Directing
Small Peter Jackson Writing
No_movie_poster Philippa Boyens Writer
No_movie_poster Philippa Boyens Writing

Plot:

The final film of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2014-12-17 : United States of America

theatrical : 2014-12-17 : India

Theatrical : 2014-12-19 : United States of America