The worldwide gross on all three HOBBIT pics landed north of 900 mill; that’s 900 mill each. Somebody must like the thing . . . but who? Relentlessly churning with violent, if largely non-threatening, massed CGI battles, toy-scape towns, cardboard characters with alarming hair, and a wisp of a plotline, the final installment has devolved into an ugly, charmless drag. Anyone would think Tolkien had darkened his tone from LOTR . . . if anyone watching cared. Lemming-like, crowds flock to see D.O.A. 3-quels like MATRIX REVOLUTIONS/’03, THE HANGOVER PART III/’13 and this, no doubt more from habit than hobbit. (To say nothing of STAR WARS I, II & III.) And now Peter Jackson is moving on, hoping to fix TINTIN in its second outing. Can’t someone get this talented writer/director/producer out of his box?
SCREWY THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Martin Freeman does yeoman’s work as head hobbit, but there’s an awful lot of bad acting by famous folk in here. Getting up to pitch when you’re already over it tells.