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Before you ask, I have not lost my fanboyness. As a whole, the cinematic Middle Earth Saga is my favourite movie of all time. I treat it as one 20 hour flawed masterpiece.
This particular chapter of it is extremely good at rounding off the connections between the two trilogies and ending the arc of “The Hobbit”. Thorin, Bilbo and Gandalf are stellar, the action is awesome and the story is dark yet fun. I wrote a near 600 word review since I was really reviewing the trilogy as a whole.
This final episode has its flaws but I believe some of them will be made right in the longer cut (which will mark the true end to this saga).
If I were to watch a single movie from this year, I would choose one of the ones higher in this list over this one.
“The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings” is a story “that grew in the telling” and is greater than the sum of its parts.
Here’s my review: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”