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By BCHubbard1976
Written December 20, 2014
Where to start with this... it's not a bad movie, per se, but I feel the Hobbit movies are the opposite of the Lord of the Rings. Where as each of the LotR became better, ending on a high note, and wrapping up what felt like a grand adventure... the Hobbit movies slowly moved downhill, ending rather anticlimatically, and leaving us returning home with a few unanswered questions. Part of this was the forced side plot of the Necromancer and Dol Guldur, events drawn from other works rather than "The Hobbit". Although seemingly entwined (and partially so if you read Tolkein's work), the movie just sort of sidetracks here and then ends it... with no real sense of relationship to the main story. If they had done a better job showing how this affected (or was affected by) the Quest of Erebor, it might have been better. Sadly, though, it felt like parts of the Star Wars prequels: thrown in there as a nod to the previous movies rather than anything important to the current story. Another problem was the attempt to draw out aspects of the main plot itself, which really would have resolved quite quickly. They focused too much on things like Thorin's mentality, the antagonism between different groups, and the drama between various other characters. Again, it felt forced, put there only to add more to what would've simply been a grand battle like the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in LotR. What's really disappointing, though, was they chose to gloss over some characters and events, giving them negligible screen time all so they could focus on these overdrawn social and mental conflicts. Also, I should note the unnecessary humor they tried to fit in. The other movies had a lighter tone, so the occasional joke or quip was acceptable. This movie, though, had some dark moments yet they still tried to shoe-horn in the occasional silliness and it felt anti-thematic. When people are dying all around, including countless innocents, and they're fighting for their lives... you don't need to keep making jokes at the expense of some antagonistic supporting character. So, while I don't think it was horrible in any sense, I feel it was a let down. Whereas I had high hopes, given my criticism of aspects of the LotR, I feel those movies overall combined to form a stronger whole. The Hobbit had potential, but it stumbled in its last act. I give the movie a 3.5 out of 5, and hope it grows on me during later viewings. P.S. I did have one more criticism in the form of a lack of conclusion for many. Unfortunately, I cannot reveal too much about that as it spoils a bit for those who haven't seen it. Suffice to say, if you've read most of Tolkein's work, which explains what happens to many characters... this movie covers ~none~ of that. In fact, it even forgets to mention stuff ~in~ "The Hobbit"! It just sort of goes, "Welp, the quest is done, let's go home and set ourselves up for the previous movies."
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Disappointing

By richhere
Written December 20, 2014
It's not that the book was better, it's that the movie was a let down. After having the story broken into 3 parts, this became a lackluster climax. The battle scene, which takes the last half of the movie, is a let down. The hero just goes off and somehow the armies win the battle off screen with no explanation? Where was the second orc legion, it was supposed to be huge and all we see are some lone orcs running into fight? What about the warg riders? Did we really need the annoying character Lickspittle, can you say Jar-Jar Binks? The elves were leaving in one scene then the battle is over. The human women were arming to go fight then nothing? 13 dwarves join the fight and turn the tide against an army where 2 armies couldn't? Smaug is burning the town to ashes then just stops to have a dialogue whit the one person fighting him? The humans empty out a armory before the battle but just have farm tools during it?
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Didnt wow me

By rsimmons5o4
Written December 20, 2014
Idk as a fan I liked it but it was only average. That's honestly all I can say about it. Just wasn't as powerful of a film as I thought it should've been.
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I know its fanatasy but come on

By zathomasch
Written January 05, 2015
It's really hoping for a great close to the trilogy and while I haven't read the books, I expected better. The whole movie aside from The early Sauron scene, was underwhelming. The humans in battle wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes against the amount and the strength of the Orc army. The war was a joke. Such build up and yet we are supposed to believe that 13 dwarves turned the tide against thousands
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Awesome!

By clydenceth007
Written December 22, 2014
It's action packed from beginning to end. Hobbit fans will love this last installment to the trilogy. Yet it's a bitter sweet farewell, it leaves you wondering if there will ever be another and wanting more. Hmm...
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