Review: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)

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Peter Jackson’s thirteen year crusade into Middle Earth – traversing two trilogies and six films – draws to a feeble, unfit end with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Roused from his slumber, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) wreaks fiery havoc upon Laketown, leaving his vast wealth undefended. Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarves stake their claim, unaware of the opposing forces descending upon The Lonely Mountain. Continue reading “Review: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)”

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

The Desolation Of Smaug

After the bloated and unsatisfying first instalment in the Hobbit film series left many frustrated and disappointed, it comes as a relief to discover that its follow-up, subtitled The Desolation Of Smaug, is a considerably more forcible and pleasing romp. It’s fun and spry, with a bulging sense of adventure and urgency that excuses a vast majority of the more superfluous moments. Peter Jackson’s penultimate return to Middle Earth feels as much like a piece of The Lord Of The Rings saga as one could hope. Continue reading “Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)”

Review: The World’s End (2013)

The World's End

Nine years after the release of Shaun Of The Dead, and five years after Hot Fuzz, The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy draws to a sufficient, if unexceptional, close with The World’s End. Reuniting director Edgar Wright with stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, The World’s End is an amusing, heartwarming and nostalgia-filled comedy adventure that works well at the time, but leaves little to chew on once the end credits have rolled. Continue reading “Review: The World’s End (2013)”