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Movie Review – Hobbit, The: The Battle Of The Five Armies

The epic conclusion to Jackson’s bloated Hobbit trilogy delivers rousing spectacle, insufficient character development and stunning visual effects, capping off the Middle Earth saga in fine style. Although beset with a number of problems drawn out of a shorter running time, and uneven character development for Thorin, and an utter waste of the other dwarves which, to date, have been central to the story, The Battle Of The Five Armies (ugh, what a mouthful of “the’s”) is a thoroughly entertaining blockbuster that will have you laughing, clapping and cheering for more.

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Movie Review – Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug

Rousing spectacle overrides many – but not all – of the flaws encountered in the previous instalment; Desolation is a more adventurous and epic film in many respects, delivering earth-shaking action with Smaug, some minor humor with the dwarves, and setting up the climactic third film to come. Desolation Of Smaug has a number of memorable moments, and will undoubtedly be a cracker on BluRay in years to come, and even though one can still argue for Jackson throwing in all available material into this relatively simple story, he stages the prodoction magnificently, papering over any flaws with dynamite film style and an adherence to one crucial blockbuster rule: keep people entertained.

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Movie Review – Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey

After about forty minutes of Dwarvish “comedy” in Bilbo’s hobbit-hole, which sounds more like a euphemism than I anticipated, An Unexpected Journey starts to drag. The film takes an age to get going, with Jackson seemingly slavish to the literary foundations Tolkien established. Once this journey does kick off, however, the film gains momentum and maintains it until the very end – there’s battles, chases, monsters and some good-natured humor, all bringing a light-hearted feel to Middle Earth instead of “let’s throw the Ring into the pit of Mordor” we’re used to. An Unexpected Journey isn’t without pacing problems, and you can feel the bloated story starting to stretch the seams of audience acceptance, but overall, I welcome this return to Middle Earth and can’t wait to see the next installment.

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Movie Review – Lord Of The Rings, The: The Future – From The Hobbit to The Grey Havens

So what now for the world of Tolkien? After the success of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, and the fact that it paved the way for legitimate fantasy fiction to sweep onto the big screen, New Line began trotting out the concept of going back and filming Tolkiens’ first novel, The Hobbit, which had been touched upon only barely in the Fellowship Of The Rings. The Hobbit seemed like a natural follow-up for the trilogy, even though Jackson had stated that he had “currently” no interest in revisiting Middle…

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Movie Review – Lord Of The Rings, The: The Ralph Bakshi Version

Peter Jackson’s version of The Lord Of The Rings wasn’t the first time somebody had attempted to bring Tolkien’s vision to the big screen. Back in 1978, a filmmaker named Ralph Bakshi had delved into Tolkien’s world to present an animated version of Frodo and Sam, Gandalf and Strider, all with the use of a rather unique form of storytelling: rotoscoping. We thought, in the interests of a more complete review of Tolkiens’ massive tale, we’d quickly touch on the original film version, as released by United Artists, back in…

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Movie Review – Lord Of The Rings, The: The Extended Editions vs The Theatrical Versions

In the rush to capitalise on the success and history of the epic nature of the film trilogy, Peter Jackson, thankfully, had enough foresight to realise that this project would become one of the most amazing cinematic journeys ever captured on handycam. He envisioned a DVD to accompany the films that would give the viewer amazing backstage access to the creation of the three films, from opening scripting and history of the story, to the final film’s Wellington premiere in 2003, and it’s subsequent Oscar sweep, and eventually to the creation of the Extended Edition of the film, seeing his work bow out into history as one of the most celebrated film trilogies of all time.

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Movie Review – Lord Of The Rings, The: The Return Of The King

Director :  Peter Jackson Year Of Release :   2003 Principal Cast :  Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellan, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, Sala Baker, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, Marton Csokas, Lawrence Makoare, Thomas Robins. Approx Running Time :   201 Minutes (Theatrical Release) Synopsis:  Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the…

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Movie Review – Lord Of The Rings, The: The Fellowship Of The Ring

When embarking upon a review such as this one, encompassing all three blockbuster films in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, you tend to feel, I think, a lot like a dwarf or a hobbit taking on the Orc armies: a little overwhelmed. Not only has the film trilogy version of JRR Tolkien’s massive work of fiction become almost unassailable critically, it has entered the popular lexicon of cinematic legendarium to become almost one with the public’s imagination. Never before has there been a film success like the three Lord…

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