CALLERI: 'Wild' finds calm in nature while 'Hobbit' sequel loses its magic

December 19, 2014 4:02 PM

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CALLERI: 'Wild' finds calm in nature while 'Hobbit' sequel loses its magic

In “Wild,” an emotionally scarred woman walks a popular desert and mountain trail exhibiting a new-found physical fortitude, and in “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies,” the popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters is shaken by extraneous plotting and lazy filmmaking.

Regarding “Wild,” perhaps Hollywood should avoid non-fiction books in which the central figure finds redemption by taking a soul-cleansing journey into territory which is mostly alien to their own personas.

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