The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Rating: 9/10

The final film in of The Hobbit trilogy is an improvement over the second movie. While it is still a bit heavy-handed with the CGI, there are fewer eye-rolling, physics-defying action sequences. It may have also helped that I watched this one in 3-D. The 3-D really gives the digital characters an added bit of weight and presence when sharing the screen with flesh-and-prosthetic actors. The first third of the movie is really just tying up plot lines from Smaug (the whole Gandalf vs. the wraiths thing could have been cut out completely IMHO) and the rest is the titular battle without much deep plotting. However, the spectacle of it all is worth it and they really ratchet up the stakes in the climax. Again, it pales in comparison with The Lord of the Rings but holds its own for the most part.

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