Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: +2

Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilli, Martin Freeman, Christopher Lee. Adventure/fantasy. Directed by Peter Jackson.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.

PREVIEW REVIEW: With a title like that, you pretty much know youíre going to get 144 minutes of battles, with a few quiet moments filled with exposition that only the faithful followers of J.R. Tolkien will be able to decipher. So, let me ask, is there really anybody getting any metaphoric religious connotation from Peter Jacksonís adaptation of Tolkienís works?

To be sure his never-never-fantasy land is ruled by those filled with mercy, humility and grace vs. those ruled by greed and all things treacherous. But letís face it, this is an adventure ride dominated by epic spectacle and video-game battles. It is breathtaking to view until youíve had enough, then we must simply endure until the final prophecy and the peaceful conclusion.

I donít think anyone could call this a bad movie. For those who just canít get enough superhero deeds and action, it fits right in with the works of Marvel comic books or any action/adventure moviemaker obsessed with CGI. Itís the cinemaís version of a rollercoaster ride. But if youíre looking for any true depth of meaning or a character arc, forget about it. Weíre not supposed to be looking for inspirational dialogue or any true wit; weíre just to be immersed in the big budget and furry feet.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: New Line Cinema

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: I caught one use of the word bastard.
Profanity: None
Violence: While the battles are nearly bloodless, like viewing pixels being demolished on a Game Boy, there are several of them, with the final assault just that, an assault on the nerve endings.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 144 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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