Skip to comments.The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review - exactly what it promised to be (3-stars)
Posted on 12/04/2014 3:42:12 AM PST by Perdogg
hortly after the climactic battle scene of this final instalment of Peter Jacksons 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 Jacksons patented ye olde Middle Earth cranium-smashing.
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In before the haters......
More Middle Earth -- what's not to like?
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.
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.”)
Is "hortly" an adverb?
Ditto, all of the OZ books and many other, successful fantasy and SF books!
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.
And boobs, let's not forget boobs...
Yes, I know that most of those in the audience are boobs. Real dullards and halfwits.
Oh. I get it. Sorry.
I’m still watching The Hobbit. The usher tells me it will be over any day now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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