The hobbit: Battle of the five armies (2014)

Hobbit: check

Battle: check
Five Armies : check

So we got everything we were promised  Peter Jackson provides a fitting film for the final part of the trilogy of the hobbit.

Sweeping battle scenes, defense strategies and ‘what will happen next?’ were the strengths of the film. The opening scene and the ‘battle on ice’ were visually stunning, while a 250 million dollar budget explain why they were so.

The film faltered in length, though it was fast paced. The 3D aspect (with the poor quality glasses here) greatly impact the viewing pleasure. An unanswered question lingers, why are movies shot in dark tones in 3D? It doesn’t give it depth or richness, just makes it more dull.

A franchise well-milked, it was a conclusion that had to be seen, having invested in the earlier two parts. But ‘the desolation of smaug’ gets my vote as an entertainer.

2.5/5

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The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The journey of the dwarves continues in the second part of The Hobbit trilogy. The first part was heavier on the eyes with more cgi action, this time round the drama and dialogue quotient was high, which made it easier to watch.

Long at 2 hours and 40 minutes for a 3D film, it is an effective bridge between the first and third part. Smaug probably got a bit too chatty, but the scenes were crafted well, treasures rolling all over, keeping the audience entertained. The escape scene of the dwarves, action scenes between orcs and elves, the spider encounter, were some of the highlights.

A lot of scenes conjured up ‘Harry Potter’ moments, showing us how much J.K. Rowling may have been inspired by Tolkien’s writing. There was grandeur, there were small moments, which entertained and occasionally tickled.

3/5 

The Hobbit

Carrying the weight of a world famous, award winning, extremely successful trilogy of films like Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson brings us The Hobbit. Based on a book (which isn’t particularly long at 310 pages considering this film is the first of a trilogy as well), it is the prequel to LOTR.

There is effective story telling and character building from the start, the audience is of course thrilled to see Gandalf and other characters, don’t forget serious fans have been waiting to see their favourites since 2003.

What follows are a series of sticky situations, it is an unexpected journey after all 😉 Spectacular special effects, very detailed and well crafted, it is superior film making all the way.

What works against the film is its length, and also watching it in 3D with so many effects becomes too much for the eyes to handle, so when you rest them, you miss the proceedings. It finishes very aptly, preparing audiences for what to expect in the 2nd film.

For fans, its a must see. For people like me, it was a good watch.

3/5