Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Ian McKellan, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett
Review: 2.5 stars (of five)
The third Hobbit move is an extended—seriously extended—fight scene, a brutal, exhausting third act to the lengthy adaptation of the Tolkein novel. As a third act to a story, it works (it’s just that the whole story is too long). As a stand-alone film, it’s crap, unless you’re buying a ticket solely to explore the state of the art in CGI faux-medieval combat.
The movie picks up en media res, with no effort made for at least 20 minutes to explain...