The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (MOVIE REVIEW)

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Peter Jackson’s third film in the Hobbit trilogy and sixth and final film within his take on the Middle Earth epic is, at its core, a really enjoyable film. I’ve gone on record more than once declaiming my fondness for the Hobbit films. An Unexpected Journey was unexpectedly tedious and the Desolation of Smaug was an utter desolation of my time. And that’s a shame. The Lord of the Rings trilogy are not only my favorite trilogy, but my favorite films of all time, period. And neither Hobbit film delivered the brilliant pacing, cinematography, character depth, or epic quality that The Lord of the Rings showcased. That changes with the Battle of the Five Armies. The narrative is much tighter wound, and it rarely digresses from the movies main feature: an epic battle of Lord of the Rings proportions that incorporates five armies; but it doesn’t get much deeper than…

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