Thankfully, the road does not go ever ever on

December 16, 2014 2:33 AM

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Thankfully, the road does not go ever ever on

By the end of the clanging, overcrowded bore that is “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” audiences may wish to never again lay eyes on a Dwarf, Elf, Orc, Hobbit, or other tax-paying citizen of Middle-earth. Actually, with this final installment in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s prequel to “The Lord of the Rings,” you may be sick of the entire fantasy-action genre and its computerized cannibalization of popular culture. For which Jackson should probably be thanked, even if that’s not the kind of gratitude he wants.

Certainly it’s clear by now that “The Hobbit,” Tolkien’s vividly imagined but self-contained prequel to the main event of the “Rings” trilogy, hasn’t benefited from being expanded, to the point of bloat, into a trilogy of its own. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012) was all packing of bags an...

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