After a tonally confused beginning and terrific middle episode filled with all kinds of invention, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings Peter Jackson’s six-movie Tolkien binge to close with a rousing mid-point finale that both wraps up the story and sets the stage for the Lord of the Rings trilogy quite nicely.
Paul W.S. Anderson makes semi-big budget B-movies that repel critics as much as they attract a hardcore group of fans. In his most ambitious film yet, Anderson gives us the best bits from Alexandre Dumas’ The three Musketeers – and airships! In 3D! And, yes, it’s great fun!