YEP – I must admit I was not all that enthralled by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, or its predecessor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; but that did not keep me from laying out what will most likely be my last investment to the Peter Jackson printing press, otherwise known as his Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
In both trilogies, I found the final chapter the most entertaining and engaging.
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
I guarantee you The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will not match that accomplishment.
But it’s an above average popcorn matinée with more than enough orc slaying mayhem montages to please audiences of all ages.
No point in going in to plot detail here. Like the films that came before it, there’s a ring that’s pretty important, a dragon that’s pretty formidable, a bunch of menacing orcs with no conscience or soul, and a never-ending bicker-fest between elves and dwarves with an aging wizard who straddles both sides of the fence.
Martin Freeman proved to be a pretty decent casting choice to play Bilbo Baggins for this trilogy; although he’s really not much more than a conduit for all of the action and drama going on around him.
The actor who stood out most for me was Lee Pace, who you might be surprised to learn is from Oklahoma. He more than holds his own in this fantasy world inhabited mostly by Brits and Aussies. I predict Pace’s star to rise significantly in the next few years.