The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies…


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Date: December 17, 2014

I did not expect to go see the final Hobbit movie tonight, but I noticed it was playing at a favorite theater of mine…and had one show time left…So, I was out the door.

This is an especially nice theater, as it is something of a theater and restaurant hybrid…You pay out the nose, but you get really, really good food…I love the gourmet flat bread pizzas…

Leather seating…but they also serve alcohol…so, sometimes…loud and obnoxious idiots might be setting in close proximity to you…I’m not sure, but I think two of these giggling idiots [college kids] were talking to each other on their cell phones, for about the last fifth of the movie…Strangely, it wasn’t bothersome enough to complain and get them thrown out…because this movie was primarily one fight/battle scene after the next.

I suppose that’s not a horrible thing, since this is presumably the last Middle Earth movie we are ever going to get…and the battles are something fans love…It’s something to remember, and leave on a bang with.

I still kind of wish there had been more underlying depth and storyline…It wasn’t boring at any point…but it felt like a lot of padding…Like they were just wrapping things up, and didn’t have much left to offer other than the obvious inevitable.

It was neat seeing them set the stage for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, though…I liked the tie in…Now I kind of wish they’d re-release those, and let us watch them on the big screen again…Maybe that’s just me…Heck, I’d go to see various movies again at the theater, if they’d release them again.

Like always…it is sad to see the final movie arrive…because there is nothing left to look forward to.

In terms of the rest of the trilogy, I would put Five Armies as probably my second favorite of the series…following Unexpected Journey…Interestingly, Desolation of Smaug just didn’t quite…I don’t know…I felt like it did too many things that just took you out of a consistent experience, of the Middle Earth world…Maybe that is a dumb comment…I mean, heck…In this movie, Legolas survives an extremely unlikely fight sequence, involving a fallen and crumbling tower…as it is wedged between two cliffs…But then, he was swinging all around on giant war elephants, in Return of the King.

There is a bit of comedy in this movie…and I don’t want to say it feels out of place…but it feels kind of weird…Like you know, it was made up [possibly being made up, as shooting went along], and it just acts as shallow padding…Not terribly funny, but it might get a chuckle.

I don’t know what else to say about this movie…except that I enjoyed it…I was never bored…despite that when you really figure everything out…they dispatched with Smaug early on, and then it was pretty much just a lot of fun to watch padding, on the remainder of a story that probably only needed an hour and a half to wrap up. They did good at making most of this padding effortless to watch…and time passes pretty quickly.

I guess I’ll give this one three stars…I wish I’d come away raving about the movie, but…no.

It’s still a nice way to end the trilogy…even if it wasn’t a necessary movie to be made.

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