The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

December 17, 2014

Ian McKellen and Luke Evans in THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES.

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Written by: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Stephen Fry, Jed Brophy, Christopher Lee, Orlando Bloom, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, John Bell, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner, Manu Bennett, Lawrence Makoare

Rating: PG-13 (for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images)

Running Time: 144 minutes

The first 20 minutes of the third and final installment of THE HOBBIT films are the most thrilling action sequences of the entire film. Unfortunately, those 20 minutes should have been the ending of the previous film, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. The Warner Bros. and Peter Jackson slice-and-dice one book into three episodic films stretches the drama so thin that we are left with battle after battle of endless video game fighting that is monotonous. This film should have been 30 to 40 minutes of the ending of one film. I hope one day someone takes all three Peter Jackson HOBBIT films and edits them into one 150 minute film. That’s the film I want to see and the one fans of the book deserve.

Grade: C+

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