Sunday, March 8, 2015

2014 - THE HOBBITT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, hopefully the last of this series, probably not

For all the fighting and killing and beheading in this film the supposed final chapter in the series is kind of anticlimactic.  Tolkein's book which was intended for younger readers has reached the end of this three part adaption with so much padding to it's story I didn't have a clue as to what was going on and I've read The Hobbitt twice.

The director Peter Jackson has so stuffed this film with visual computer image garbage it's hard to care who is fighting with whom when it's obvious that it's just a bunch of computer people moving around and whacking each other with computer generated swords.

In a film called The Hobbitt, Bilbo Baggins the Hobbitt himself has nothing to do.  Even during the final fight he gets knocked out and is unconscious for most of the action.  Bilbo didn't missed much. The fighting goes on and on and the large scale battle scene that takes up the last hour of so the film was done before in the previous five films.  Jackson even hired a lot of the actors from the earlier Lord of the Rings films to provide some continuity but all that this does is add a sense of deja vu to this noisy turkey of a film.

This film made a lot of money, so there is obviously an audience for this junk.  I saw the film at a second run movie theater and I can testify that a good portion of the crowd were fantasy nerds probably watching this for the fourth or fifth time.  The price was right, $3.00 admission to watch this piece of fantasy crap.

144 minutes

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