'The Hobbit' bows out with a slow-footed bang

December 11, 2014 6:58 PM

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Peter Jackson's "Just Give the People What They Want," aka "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," sends this not-really-a-trilogy off in style. That means stuffing in everything the fans want, or that Jackson thinks the fans want out of these films made from the novel that came before "The Lord of the Rings."

So "Battle" is bookended by two epic fights - the duel to the death with the dragon Smaug, and the "Five Armies" finale, with its pikes and pickaxes, fluttering flags and phalanxes.

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