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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Hurrah! Peter Jackson's bloated adaptation is finally over

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The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies

Well, the title is fair: The final chapter of Peter Jackson's so-very-long adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel is mostly a battle between five sets of creatures — some human, some created in the digital lab. If you like watching video games, you might be mildly interested, but I found this to be pretty dull. There's no recap to catch up those unfamiliar with the book and who were last in Middle Earth a year ago: We open with Smaug the dragon flying over that town, same as we left him at the end of Episode 2. Then everybody — and I do mean everybody — ends up at the dragon mountain for standoffs, battles and a recurring bit of unfunny comedy. Some people (and non-people) die, but there is little emotion to be found in this spectacle-wannabe clutter. Then, there are the odd bits that make The Hobbit feel like a trial-by-eyeball prequel to The Lord of the Rings. It's the final insult in this epic exploitation of viewers' affection for that successful trilogy.

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