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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review - exactly what it promised to be (3-stars)
The Guardian (UK) ^ | Tuesday 2 December 2014 03.02 EST

Posted on 12/04/2014 3:42:12 AM PST by Perdogg

hortly after the climactic battle scene of this final instalment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit series gets underway, an outsize troll-like monstrosity with a pointed stone headpiece runs full tilt into a fortress wall, making a breach through which a bunch of orcs and other malevolent nasties can pour through. The troll, or whatever it is, lies full length on the ground, stunned; entirely disregarded as its compadres swarm past. Well, I can sympathise entirely; I reeled out of the cinema in bit of a daze myself after this extended dose of Jackson’s patented ye olde Middle Earth cranium-smashing.

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KEYWORDS: hobbit; jrrtolkien; peterjackson
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1 posted on 12/04/2014 3:42:12 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; fidelis; JDoutrider; Tax-chick; Altariel; Ann de IL; Aevery_Freeman; ..

In before the haters......


2 posted on 12/04/2014 3:43:48 AM PST by Perdogg (I'm on a no Carb diet- NO Christie Ayotte Romney or Bush)
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To: Perdogg
I'm looking forward to this film, which is highly unusual. No, the Hobbit films are not really faithful adaptions of the book (heresy warning, I like the films better than the books anyway), but they are entertaining to say the least!

More Middle Earth -- what's not to like?

3 posted on 12/04/2014 3:45:24 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor, Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.)
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To: Perdogg

I enjoy PJ’s work on bringing The Professor’s epic to life.

Can you imagine the howls of rage if Tim Burton tried this? Or Emmerich? They don’t have the faithful vision to Tolkien that PJ has shown.

Thank you, Professor Tolkien, for leaving us a world to explore. And thank you, Peter, for giving it color and movement.


4 posted on 12/04/2014 4:09:04 AM PST by Old Sarge (Its the Sixties all over again, but with crappy music...)
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To: Old Sarge

You’re welcome.


5 posted on 12/04/2014 4:13:33 AM PST by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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To: Old Sarge

I first read Tolkien in 1965. I re-read the four books again in ‘67. I had always been if the belief that they could never be successfully translated into a cinematic experience.

I couldn’t be happier being wrong.

(Now if someone could just do an equivalent job on “Dune.”)


6 posted on 12/04/2014 4:15:55 AM PST by shibumi ("Walk through the fire - Fly through the smoke")
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To: Perdogg
hortly after the climactic battle scene of this final instalment

Is "hortly" an adverb?

7 posted on 12/04/2014 4:21:58 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Tolkien

LOL!


8 posted on 12/04/2014 4:22:19 AM PST by Old Sarge (Its the Sixties all over again, but with crappy music...)
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To: shibumi

Ditto, all of the OZ books and many other, successful fantasy and SF books!


9 posted on 12/04/2014 4:56:02 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

The best Sci-Fi (in my not-so-humble-opinion) deals with matters of physics, consciousness and the links between the mind and space-time (which was a huge part of Dune.)

It’s tough to see how that stuff would translate onto the screen. And even tougher to see how you could sell the result to audiences raised on constant gunfire and an explosion every 45 seconds, dutifully interspersed with gratuitous obscenities.


10 posted on 12/04/2014 5:03:05 AM PST by shibumi ("Walk through the fire - Fly through the smoke")
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To: shibumi
how you could sell the result to audiences raised on constant gunfire and an explosion every 45 seconds, dutifully interspersed with gratuitous obscenities.

And boobs, let's not forget boobs...

11 posted on 12/04/2014 5:07:04 AM PST by Old Sarge (Its the Sixties all over again, but with crappy music...)
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To: Old Sarge
"And boobs, let's not forget boobs..."

Yes, I know that most of those in the audience are boobs. Real dullards and halfwits.

Wait .....



What?




Oh. I get it. Sorry.

12 posted on 12/04/2014 5:13:15 AM PST by shibumi ("Walk through the fire - Fly through the smoke")
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13 posted on 12/04/2014 5:19:47 AM PST by Old Sarge (Its the Sixties all over again, but with crappy music...)
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To: Old Sarge

I’m still watching The Hobbit. The usher tells me it will be over any day now.


14 posted on 12/04/2014 5:42:47 AM PST by Blackirish
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To: Blackirish

To me the Hobbit was the least of the movies. Too much obvious CGI. The mixture of CGI and outdoor scenes in the first 3 was good.


15 posted on 12/04/2014 5:48:44 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Perdogg

But it will be 3 stars in epic proportions. I watch this type movie for the entertainment value and have enjoyed the whole series of them. Sometimes one needs time to recreate without all the subliminal message and dissection of plots, etc.


16 posted on 12/04/2014 5:52:46 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

I have owned The Hobbitt and the trilogy books since the ‘80s It’s taken me until now to sit down and take the time to read the appendices included in one of the trilogy volumes, Return of the King, probably. A lot of what I thought was “not faithful” is actually included in the appendices.
I found out that Gimli was allowed, by special dispensation due to his great friendship with Legolas, to sail to the West with Legolas when he finally left Middle Earth. Thorin, Kili, and Fili all die in battle sometime not so long after reclaiming Erebor.
I love the books and have thoroughly enjoyed the movies. Tolkien is an amazing author.


17 posted on 12/04/2014 5:54:59 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: Resolute Conservative

Agreed. Too much CGI, and some of it badly done. One scene, in particular, as the Orcs run down the riverside after the barrels. Sad.


18 posted on 12/04/2014 5:56:55 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: shibumi; Old Sarge
Yep, gotta have gratuitous boobies...


19 posted on 12/04/2014 6:00:57 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Clara Lou

That is a reality when you create a fantasy movie. But the LOTR series has been good for just kicking back and watching time and time again.


20 posted on 12/04/2014 6:02:54 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you are not part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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