Back when director Peter Jackson announced that he would turn J.R.R. Tolkien's slim, swift children's novel The Hobbit into not one, not two, but three movies, I and a lot of other Tolkien fans wondered whether the classic fantasy story would bear that much padding.
Turns out we were right to wonder. The first film based on The Hobbit was charming fun, the second pretty good, too. But The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a film too far, tedious and overlong and short on most of the elements that made the first two work.