One last slog through

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM REVIEWS -

THE HOB­BIT: THE BAT­TLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Di­rected by Peter Jack­son. Star­ring Martin Free­man, Ian Mckellen, Richard Ar­mitage, Evan­ge­line Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, Ken Stott, James Nes­bitt, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christo­pher Lee, Hugo Weav­ing, Or­lando Bloom, Ai­dan Turner 12A cert, gen­eral re­lease, 144 min We’re some 888 min­utes into Peter Jack­son’s on­go­ing Mid­dle Earth se­quence – 1,031 if you add up “ex­tra footage” and “spe­cial edi­tions” – and enough is enough.

Enough Hob­bit­ting. Enough CG Orcs. Enough CG elves. Enough CG dwarves. Enough CG. Enough stalling, even in com­bat. Enough grey fil­ter. Enough sub-Wag­ne­r­ian war­bling. Enough wast­ing Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch.

Enough re­ports of mis­treated an­i­mals. Enough with the Dick­en­sian-sized cast that we can hardly keep track off and who are mostly glimpsed only fleet­ingly. Enough with the tacked-on fem­i­nist hero­ines who, how­ever well-in­ten­tioned, never feel or­ganic to the ma­te­rial. Enough Cate Blanchett do­ing her “how now brown cow” vow­els. Enough seem­ingly end­less bat­tle se­quences. Enough last-minute ea­gles. Enough de­fer­rals.

Enough cash: sneaky Hob­bit­ses movies have grossed $1,975,370,425 to date. Enough jit­tery Imax Dig­i­tal

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