Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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

While the first Hobbit film doesn't feel like a story stretched too thin, the second film does a little bit. But the third film lets us figure out on our own how it could have been combined with the previous installment. However, it's a fairly entertaining stretched story. Even though the battle scenes were at ridiculous durations, I enjoyed watching them.

Smaug is a highlight. The movie's opening with him attacking the city is fantastic, but we don't see nearly enough of him. As someone who has not read the book, I wasn't aware that Golum wouldn't make an appearance--a realization that bummed me out because he's such a great character.

The last film of any series is exciting by nature, because we are anxious to see how they will conclude. However, for a small chunk of this film, between the two battles, we are bored. There is a lot of pre-battle setup which is easy to follow, but not easy to stay awake through. We are given a film that is sandwiched between two big battles. But at least they are both coherent and not just a big shaky-cam fest.

I wish to see a little more character depth--besides the internal conflict that Thorin goes through, which means nothing to the audience unless they strongly remember the events of the first two films.

At the end, I had to be reminded what all this was for. And once I remembered, I laughed--mostly because it seems like a whole lot of hassle for something that's not that big of a deal.

Realistically, I could watch these films over and over again without paying attention to the story because the visuals and the scenery are so amazing. You get lost in its world--an accomplishment in its own right.

Twizard Rating: 91

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