Director: Peter Jackson. Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly. 144 min. Rated PG-13. New Zealand/USA. Fantasy/Adventure.
The late Richard Corliss had said "Everything is worth seeing", and so even though I had made it my New Year's resolution not to watch this, I finally caved in, and discovered that no, not everything is worth seeing - especially when it's 140 minutes long. Yes, the visuals are stunning, but you don't watch movies just to watch beautiful pictures. The only good thing that came out of this, is that maybe now you can watch The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in proper order.