This should not have been not three movies. It is been said before but turning the Hobbit into a trilogy was a cash grab. I guess I am guilty of supporting the cash grab by going to the last movie. I am feeling a little franchise fatigue.
The movie is good, not great. There is a nearly 45 minute battle at the end. It got a little long and well the voice of Billy Connelly as a dwarf shouldn’t be as a big a highlight as it was.
Biblo Baggins, the Hobbit, is a bit off to the side in this last movie. The movie needed more of him. Martin Freeman is good as Biblo but he needed more to do. The rest of the cast is fine.
It was nice to see (and hear) Christopher Lee again. Even if his scene and Gandulf’s scenes from the two movies are part of the franchise bloat.
The love triangle plays out. Tolkien did not write love triangles. I am not calling him unromantic, he had a family, but love triangles were not something he wrote about and I wonder why the series needed one.
This was not one of the best films of the year. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was better.
Maybe someday someone will remake the Hobbit into 2 movies.