Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Billy Connolly
Eleven years ago, Peter Jackson did a sound job making J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved Lord of the Rings into a thrilling epic – sprawling and yet still focused on character. Arguably, The Hobbit should have been easier; the story is shorter and less complex. Instead, Jackson hasn’t been able to make this trilogy very compelling at all.
The main problem is that Jackson continually loses his protagonist, the diminutive hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Freeman). Bilbo should’ve started out as a scared little guy who learns the powers and dangers of adventure, who gains some life-changing experience. Instead, he is sprinkled throughout the films. This last film is just prolonged, gory battles barely broken up by comic and dramatic bits. There are a lot of bombastic speeches, but Jackson gives us little reason to care.
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