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13/12/2014
An end of an era. The final part of the Hobbit films is here. And as its predecessors it certainly delivers the entertainment, tremendous attention to detail, great acting and stunning shots.
And I definitely recommend seeing it for all of those.

However, it saddens me to say that throughout the trilogy the magic and atmosphere created in Lord of the Rings was not there. For me, anyway. And there's no way escaping the comparison due to multiple parallels deliberately put there.

LOTR was impossible in many ways and that made it special and unique. The Hobbit was following that template with no constraints of any kind, financial or otherwise. Some characters and storylines were actually invented for the Hobbit to make it fit the same formula. I'm all for making books more cinematic but I think there's a fine line crossing which may be taking it too far.

And finally - LOTR was made by most of New Zealand. The Hobbit was less artisan, all pro and commercial. Looks great but lost its soul somewhere in the monster of the machine that was its production.
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