Everyone looks so tired. You would be too if you’d logged three years and two sequels padding out J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel into a family matinee cash cow supreme. Filmmaker Peter Jackson’s talent is unmistakable but everything about this summing-up of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) screams ka-ching, from the sacking of Laketown to the reunion of Bilbo and his mentor, Gandalf (Ian McKellen). We’ve seen more than enough pointy-eared and sharp-clawed creatures in gloomy forests. We get it. Let’s all move on. Costarring Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage, Manu Bennett, Ryan Gage, and the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch. Screenplay by Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh, Guillermo de Toro, and Jackson (144 min.).
Director: Peter Jackson
Producer: Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom and Stephen Fry