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Martin Freeman is good as are all those performing - but enough is enough - a travelogue for New Zealand this really isn't. Good on the 'kiwis' for trying to keep New Zealand on the world map - but 'Hobbits' - like Rabbits - need humane controlling. If you like Tolkien, you will enjoy working out which actors are which characters, but you may not 'love it' - very 'samey'. please quit whilst you are ahead.
This film is so DULL! They run away from Orcs. They run away from Men. They run away from a dragon - it's like a marathon without the excitement. This joins the book Gallilie by Clive Barker as something I can't finish.
I'm not such a Tolkien purist that I can't appreciate the decision to give established characters some new adventures, but what I can't understand is the unrelenting drabness of this film. Why use colour film at all - it could have been done in black and white, or rather sepia and white. Even Thranduil's halls were crude and dull - has all of the production team's imagination been used up? What a waste of good acting, and the opportunity to create another absorbing Middle Earth with at least some beauty to make a contrast to the Desolation.
Husband introduced me to the earlier films which I enjoyed, bought this for him as thought we'd both enjoy, ,,,,,,,, neither of us did,in fact he dropped off very early on, boring, confusing and ........zzzzzzz
This film resembles the curate's egg. It was obvious that, in making three films out of one small book, a lot of padding would be necessary. It this case much of it is, like expanded polystyrene packing, only fit for the scrap heap. The film derives more from Mack Sennett than from Tolkien.