Gisteravond was de grote première van Peter Jacksons zesde en laatste film in Midden-Aarde, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Vandaag zijn er meteen al een aantal recensie verschenen, waarbij het gros positief is over de film.
ComingSoon: “Minor issues aside, this is another grand spectacle that does a fine job wrapping things up without offering nearly as many of the memorable moments of its predecessor… or “The Lord of the Rings” as a whole.”
The Guardian: “Be that as it may, this film is a fitting cap to an extended series that, if nothing else, has transformed Tolkien’s place in the wider culture. His books were once strictly for spotty teen nerds (I think we’ve all been there), and while The Battle of the Five Armies is unlikely to repeat the Oscar sweep that greeted the conclusion of Jackson’s first Tolkien trilogy, in truth it is just as enjoyable as each of the five films that came before it.”
Crave Online: “But like George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels before them, the new Middle Earth trilogy doesn’t quite match the power of the originals, and not because the material wasn’t up to snuff. Rather, it is because the material took a back seat to increased size and scale, padding a simple story into an enormous saga full of add-ons that failed to improve the simple drama of personal corruption leading to far-reaching, tragic consequences.”
HeyGuys: “It is stirring, spectacular and, unexpectedly at journey’s end, possessive of an emotional charge which has been with us since Galadriel felt a change in the water. We are done with Middle Earth for now, two of its many stories have been told brilliantly and unforgettably. We leave it on a strong and sombre note, with a door closed and a warm hearth and the knowledge that there will never be another journey like it.”
TimeOut London: “There are flaws in this final film, but as Jackson’s six-film Middle Earth series finally comes to a close, it’s also a fitting tribute to his dedication and ambition.”
The Wrap: “But the lumbering and overstuffed “Five Armies” only proves Christopher Tolkien right. The 144-minute running time showcases Jackson’s worst tendencies: eons-long battle scenes, sloppy and abrupt resolutions, portentous romances, off-rhythm comic timing, and, newly in this case, patience-testing fan service.”
Variety: “While that effort has ultimately proved only partly successful, it’s easier now to see the entire “Hobbit” project as a labor of love on Jackson’s part, rather than a descent into crass box-office opportunism. […], “The Battle of the Five Armies” contains a series of emotional payoffs and bridges to the “Lord of the Rings” films that work as well as they do for having been carefully seeded by Jackson in the previous episodes”
Digital Spy: “Taken purely on its own terms though, this is a heartfelt and engaging final foray into Middle-earth, delivered with all the love, flair, technical skill that we’ve come to expect from Jackson & co.”
Slant: “And while the conclusion to The Battle of the Five Armies ultimately feels like a bit too much table-setting for Jackson’s earlier The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the ending hits a lovely, bittersweet note when Bilbo realizes, as perhaps The Lord of the Rings fans did when they came to the first two meandering Hobbit films expecting more of what Jackson had offered in his earlier trilogy, that you really can’t go home again.”
Empire: “A fitting conclusion to Jackson’s prequel trilogy and a triumphant adieu to Middle-earth. Now complete, The Hobbit stands as a worthy successor to The Lord Of The Rings, albeit one that never quite emerges from its shadow. Jackson has crafted a grand old tale to do Tolkien proud, and with a single, simple bow in the final moments, one that offers a far cleaner send-off than Return Of The King ever did.”
The Hollywood Reporter: “So even if we have not, over the course of eight hours, become “close” to these characters, they have been sufficiently amiable traveling companions to make for a tolerably decent odyssey, more so than one could have imagined during the first hour of An Unexpected Journey, which was excruciating enough to make you want to jump off the ride before it was too late. But the final stretch of The Battle of the Five Armies possesses a warm, amiable, sometimes rueful mood that proves ingratiating and manages to magnify the good and minimize the bad of the trilogy.”
Tevens hebben we een nieuwe clip uit The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies waarin we Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Thranduil (Lee Pace) en Bilbo (Martin Freeman) zien.
Bilbo Balings, Thorin Eikenschild en de groep dwergen hebben hun koninkrijk heroverd op Smaug, maar onbedoeld ook een dodelijke kracht losgelaten op de wereld. Door wraak gedreven zorgt Smaug voor vele slachtoffers onder de inwoners van Meerstad. Thorin is geobsedeerd door zijn heroverde rijkdom en heeft zijn vriendschap hiervoor over, daar waar Bilbo gedwongen wordt een wanhopige en gevaarlijke keuze te maken. Maar er zijn grotere gevaren op komst. Gandalf ziet namelijk dat de gevaarlijke vijand Sauron enorme legers met Orks naar de Eenzame Berg stuurt.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies wordt geregisseerd door Peter Jackson. In de film zijn er rollen voor Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, William Kircher, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, Stephen Hunter, Manu Bennett, Lawrence Makoare. Het scenario is geschreven door Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens en Guillermo del Toro. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies draait vanaf 10 december 2014 in de Nederlandse bioscopen (in 3D, 2D en IMAX).