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Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies – Review (Midnight Movie Madness)

Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies Review (Midnight Movie Madness)

Our 13-year-long journey through the lands of Middle-Earth has finally come to a close. Let’s say our last goodbye w/ the epic conclusion of Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

So continues my Midnight Movie Madness video series here on Movie-Moron:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out now in the US and UK.

Previous Midnight Movie Madness Reviews:

Exodus: Gods And Kings, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Interstellar
Big Hero 6, Fury, Dracula Untold, Gone Girl, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Purge: Anarchy, Dawn’ Planet Of The Apes
Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Edge Of Tomorrow

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  • gd smith said

    Midnight mullet madness!

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    Admittedly I haven’t read The Hobbit, but I thought a central plank was Bilbo falling under the influence of the ring. Two movies in they barely touched on it. This one doesn’t hint it’s a particularly big feature here either. Instead we get dwarves guilt-tripping each other over a pile of gold and an inconsequential cgi battle. I really like Freeman in this role and agree he’s been sidelined in his own movies. Heck, besides from the one sequence where the dragon is killed is there anything in this movie that we haven’t seen in the other five films? The imagery is now so familiar.

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    • dnwilliams said

      The ring isn’t a threat in the book, it’s almost completely innocuous. If you read the story/saw the story in order, you’d think Gollum only loved the ring because it was a magic ring that turned people invisible and he was crazy, not because it had power over him.

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      • Sheridan Passell said
        Sheridan Passell

        Fair enough but if they’re going to expand it and add new material as they have, this would be the most interesting direction to go in.

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  • Chad Lundberg said

    The CGI is a DOWNGRADE from the previous trilogy! There are times where it seriously looks like a freaking video game!!! The previous trilogy was revolutionary. How many academy awards did they win?

    The fight scenes, the war scenes, the most useless love triangle since the Aaragon/Eowyn/Arwen love triangle, all completely bloated the film. I’m actually fine with them turning it into a trilogy, I like the Hobbit/LOTR movies enough that I want to keep seeing it in theaters. Further still, I actually liked the story arc of showing where Gandalf went and what happened to him and what he discovered. That being said, this third installment could have been an hour and 30 minutes no problem.

    No doubt, these films were good, it’s just that they could have been SO MUCH BETTER!!! There seemed to be more emphasis on references to the original trilogy instead of actually focusing on the characters and the story in this trilogy. Does Bilbo turn into a completely different person? Sort of, but his personality doesn’t show it. Like Sheridan said, there was little to no emphasis on how the ring was affecting him.

    I know they couldn’t put Smaug in the film any more than they did, but he was my favorite character. The voice acting of Cumberpatch, the digital design of him, and just plain o’l how intimidating he was, you could argue he saved the trilogy and made it all worth while.

    I liked the movies, I even liked how they made it into three movies instead of just 2 or 1, but if I were on set I would have made quite a few differences. Probably my number one problem with them was how they didn’t make any use of some of the dwarf’s. Seriously, if you took away half of them, would the films had been different in ANY way???

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Agree with all of that. The realisation of Smaug has been terrific. I reckon two films would have been enough, it’s made for a very “leisurely” trilogy.

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  • G said

    It was the first filmed I watched in 3D 48fps HFR.

    It was so clear I was expecting Peter Jackson to yell ‘Cut” behind me and ask for a doughnut.

    It doesn’t work. I can watch X-Box cinematics at home

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      It somehow takes away that cinematic ‘magic’ and makes it look like a high quality TV show.

      2002 Peter Jackson would ask for a doughnut.

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      • G said

        The color grading too was non existent in parts. That scene where all of Lake-town washes up on shore was just awful. I thought it was behind the scenes footage cut into the film.

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  • dnwilliams said

    Interesting to hear such a positive review, I still haven’t seen the second one yet, need to get caught up.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Heath will go 10 out of 10 if he’s passionate about a film, so 8.5 is positive, not so much a home run.

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  • John D Wilson said

    I think the review was good, and the movie looks pretty good.

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