Those who go to the latest Hobbit movie may be disappointed. I was. For the first time during any of Peter Jackson’s Tolkien sagas, I was bored. Too many battle scenes (what did I expect from the title?) and too few new monsters. Unlike the Lord of the Rings, this trilogy goes out with a whimper.
BOFA starts where The Desolation of Smaug ends, with the dragon setting Esgaroth (Lake-town) ablaze. Dwarf King Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) watches from the top of the treasure horde of Lonely Mountain. When he sees the dragon killed, Thorin is so consumed by greed that he forgets his promise to share the gold and fortifies the mountain against the town’s survivors. Bilbo (Martin Freeman) tries to stop the ensuing battle, but only the arrival of a goblin army, forces the two sides to fight the common enemy.
In the end, Thorin recovers from his madness to make a last stand and die a hero, but not before telling Bilbo, “If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world.” Disappointing last words in a movie that doesn’t end, just Peters out.
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