Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

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December 25, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

Do not see the third installment of The Hobbit. Director Peter Jackson should have his Oscars from The Lord of the Rings clawed back, and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien should sue him for defamation.

By the numbers:

  • 110-minutes (76%) of the film is non-stop battle scenes that will numb your brain. The man next to me was snoring.
  • 30-minutes (21%) of the film was true to the book.
  • 35-minutes (24%) of the film focused on the Peter-Jackson-invented relationship between a dwarf and an elf. The whole gratuitous plot was reminiscent of George Lucas’ Jar Jar in Star Wars.

Hollywood is a dying industry. The way to maximize global box-office is to make action movies that require little translation. When Time Warner decided to split The Hobbit into three films, the writing was on the wall. They wanted cash, not more Academy Awards, and they succeeded.

Keep your kids away from the Hobbit films, and make them read the book.

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