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THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (2014) – My rating: 7.5/10

The Hobbit_TheBattleOfTtheFiveArmiesThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ended it’s trilogy with lots of action, fighting, killing and sadness. I didn’t like this version as much as the last one. The story didn’t flow as smoothly and too many major characters died. It all seemed so pointless. In my opinion, a fantasy like The Hobbit should make you feel like you’ve been on an adventurous journey and the ending should give you warm fuzzes because good triumphs over evil. Maybe a couple of main, good people die along the way but all my hopes and dreams went up in smoke because too many hopefuls didn’t make it to the end. The action was on going, the acting was spot on and overall, The Hobbit was exciting. I’m not sure why so much dying was written into this film, but it was. The army of Elves, the army of Dwarves, the army of Men, the army of the Wargs (wolves), and the ORC army (Goblins),  all proved to be quite deadly.  It was an ugly fight to the finish. Everyone lost in one way or another.  Now that it’s all over, we move on to the next project. Ho Hum!

[THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE 5 ARMIES is nominated for Sound Editing]

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (2013) – My rating: 9/10

The Hobbit The Desolation of SmaugAs expected, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was excellent.  I liked this second version of the movie better than the first.  The story was more connected and adventurous.  As with Lord of the Rings, there’s a lot going on as the dwarves and crew continue their quest to reclaim Erebor from Smaug.  I would venture to say children under 12 might have a hard time connecting all the dots.  The Hobbit is an adventure that goes on and on for 2 hours and 40 minutes.  That’s a lot, even for an adult.  Be prepared to get a little heavy eyed at times — not that it’s boring, it’s just long.  I enjoyed the plot and expected the ending to leave me wanting to see the last of this trilogy yesterday.  Special effects are fantastic.  The make up is amazing.  Under the direction of Peter Jackson, it all comes together as very interesting but very long.

[THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is nominated for Achievement in Sound Editing, Achievement in Sound Mixing and Achievement in Visual Effects]