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Honest Trailers and The Hobbit Save My Butt!

Busy, busy week! My day job as a mild-mannered reporter has me running around this week, so luckily the fine people at Honest Trailers got around to doing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. And they pretty much nail it.

Man, that movie. I tells ya. I love the Lord of the Rings as much as the next geek, and I mostly liked The Hobbit trilogy, but that last film was a real slog. Ah well, at least we have these funny Internet videos to help us stick it to’em!

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Lord of the Rings Finally Explained!

The Internet can be so helpful sometimes!

Thanks, CGP Grey, that was a load of help. I’ve never read any of Tolkien’s books, but I love The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and quite honestly, I suppose I don’t really know why the One Ring is the way it is. This video really helped clear everything up in the way that only the Internet can.

He’s also got a second video detailing the origins of the various races of Middle Earth!

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Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Count me among the people who regret that The Hobbit films were stretched out into a trilogy. There is so much unnecessary filler and extra nonsense in these movies, and in The Battle of the Five Armies especially, that this third movie is all third act. There’s not enough material for The Battle of the Five Armies to stand on its own, with nearly everything – especially the emotional impact – tied to the first two films. And since an entire year has passed, none of that emotion or interest has carried over.

The Battle of the Five Armies is entertaining at the barest, baseline level, because it’s still a well-made film telling a story that I like. But The Hobbit trilogy has been stretched too thin, like butter  scraped over too much bread.

Movie Review: 5/10 – Alright.

I suppose in one long, 9-hour viewing, The Hobbit as a whole might be a good movie. But who has the time or energy to watch that sort of thing? Who could have the desire? I’ve never read any of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s original works, so I don’t speak from a literary perspective. As a movie-goer, as someone who loves The Lord of the Rings movies deeply, I feel that The Hobbit was just too jammed up with nonsense. Fights were long, characters were uninteresting, story arcs were uninspired, and nothing hit with the same impact as The Lord of the Rings. Director Peter Jackson tried to make too much out of too little, simple as that.

Personally, I’m more than willing to blame the studio, which probably pushed for the trilogy in order to make more money. Cynical things like that definitely happen. And I suppose Jackson and his team of writers, actors and producers did their best to make this trilogy work. But The Battle of the Five Armies is a slog. They don’t even try to make it it’s own movie.

Join me after the jump for the full review! There will be SPOILERS from The Battle of the Five Armies!

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The Hobbit Finale Comes Out This Week!

Martin Freeman is kind of awesome.

So I’m definitely excited for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies – or as I like to call it, The The: The The of The The Thes. The Hobbit movies haven’t been as good as The Lord of the Rings masterpieces, but I’ve enjoyed the ride so far.  I just gotta find a three hour block to fit it in.

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Here’s an Official Final Trailer to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

For some reason, this doesn’t really feel like a goodbye to me. I bet it’s going to be a fun movie to watch in theaters. And I doubt they’ll ever make anymore. But something tells me The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is just going to be too big and bombastic to be a very good bye. But maybe I’m wrong! At least they always make good trailers!

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