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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage

Release Date: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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  1. kick  •  Dec 25, 2014 at 6:45 am

    This is a joke review, right?

    Two years ago I saw the first “Hobbit” movie and rated it the worst film since “Night of the Lepus.”

    How can the third movie be rated 4 Stars when the first was minus 4?

    It’s not possible.

    • Just jim  •  Dec 28, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Your response is a joke, “kick”. How can one reviewer think a film is terrible, and another reviewer believe a different – albeit related – film is terrific? Does that even merit an answer?

      Medved has proven to be a reliable source for dependable reviews. I will definitely be seeing this one!

      • kick  •  Jan 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm

        As a commentator on the political economy Michael Medved’s understanding of modern world history is unmatched by anyone else in the State Media.

        And as a film critic I agree with him more often than I disagree. But not about “The Hobbit.”

        Movies have to be entertaining above every other consideration. Nothing that followed part 1 could possibly save this awful series.

  2. Chris  •  Dec 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    The movie was grand, and spectacular, but it suffered from Peter Jackson’s inability to comprehend the words “enough is enough.”
    In the final battles …upon battles …upon battles, in particular, Jackson could have lopped a full 1/3 off this movie and given us something better and faster.
    The climactic fight between Thorin and the evil orc leader reminded me of Jackson’s “King Kong,” in which Kong fights with a pack of tyrannosaurs… forever! Both of those could have been shortened by 2/3 and made this movie not just epic but tight and fast and epic.
    You’re not supposed to be checking your watch during a climactic movie battle! But I was.
    Interestingly enough, I enjoyed the LONGER versions of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies more than the shorter ones.
    In The Hobbit, Jackson gives more attention to development just briefly touched on, sometimes with only a single sentence, in the books. But when he goes completely outside the book, and stays at it ad infinitum, this movie’s weaknesses become a little trying.
    It really was terrific, but it could have been more if only it were less.

  3. James Beckham  •  Oct 23, 2015 at 7:36 am

    How did this film get a 4 star rating? This film was awful! WAAAAAAY too much violence, not enough story. It’s boring, dumb, and un-thrilling. Hated every second of it. 1 star out of 5.

    Previous Hobbit film ratings:
    Desolation of Smaug: 1/2 of a star out of 5
    An Unexpected Journey: 4 stars out of 4

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