mitchellyoung - wrote on 03/16/13
This is my favorite of the trilogy. The film creates a charming group of characters in its Hobbit cast and the world of Tolkien feels fresh and intriguing. Plus, some of the scariest moments of the trilogy are the arrival of the evil Nazgul in the unassuming world of the Shire, as well as the grotesque orc armies that descend upon Middle Earth. Although there are certainly some grotesque CGI effects (such as the tomb battle,) the film mostly stays smaller and focuses on its band of travelers, which results in a more emotional and touching adventure film.