Saturday, March 21, 2015

An Exciting End

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (2014)

Produced By: New Line Cinema, MGM and others
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish and others
Pros: Fast-paced, meaningful action scenes, good music score, good VFX
Cons: Confusing for the uninitiated, too much noise
Rating: *** of 5 (3 of 5)

For fans of JRR Tolkein's fiction, this movie marks the culmination of a long, momentous journey through Middle Earth - from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy to this The Hobbit Trilogy, it has been a grand adventure. For the uninitiated though, this movie can be confusing, though still fun to watch (which is quite an achievement considering what Transformers is like for everyone but the fans).

The movie picks up exactly from where the last one left off - Smaug destroying the village. And then it goes on to set up an epic battle, complete with amazing VFX and a thrilling music score that makes sure you pay attention. The action is fast-paced but meaningful, so that you don't land up with an hour of mindless violence (a la Transformers). And this is important, considering the long run time (about 150 minutes).

However, for those without adequate background into the trilogy, the movie comes off as being difficult to comprehend. A major problem is the noise that plays when the characters are talking to each other, making it difficult to understand what they're saying. This is a production defect and it would've helped if everyone on the production crew was not familiar with the storyline. Nonetheless, a good movie to watch and I recommend it, with the others in the series. (OTFS)

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