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it’s a thrilling conclusion to the fantasy trilogy
Director Peter Jackson brings his rather over-inflated threepart adaptation of JRR Tolkein’s beloved tale to a suitably epic climax. The movie certainly looks spectacular, from the fiery opening in which terrifying dragon Smaug (wonderfully voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) lays waste to the settlement of Lake-town to the awesome final battle that pitches contingents of dwarves, elves and humans against the orcs and wolves dispatched by dark wizard
Sauron (Cumberbatch, again).
But it is up to Martin Freeman’s canny Bilbo Baggins and Ian Mckellen’s wise wizard Gandalf to provide some welcome warmth and humour amid the non-stop action.
Dir: Peter Jackson 2014, 12, 155min
Mckellen and co are on hand to help Freeman (inset) The ultimate buddy movie is also an all-time great Western. Ideally cast, Paul Newman and Robert Redford bring the legendary outlaws to life as they banter their way through explosions, controlling their criminal gang and impressing teacher Katharine Ross. Dir: George Roy Hill 1969, PG, 135min