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#2,319: Moana

As sometimes happens, increased work loads have resulted in lower quality reviews for you, the concerned moviegoer. Management regrets the inconvenience.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - ★★½☆☆
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - ★★★☆☆ 
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - ★★½☆☆

On the whole, these weren't as bad as people make them sound, which is pretty good for 9 hours of prequels. We somehow spent days and days watching these, and I don't really recall where one stops and another one starts. I think I liked the sort of political intrigue side plot Gandalf was working more than the story about The Hobbit though. 

Some time passed between viewing and catching up to these in my quick reviews, so saying anything more about them would probably just be guessing. I recall being delighted at remembering a couple of things from reading the book in grade school, a lot of fan servicey cameos and guest stars turning up, one scene with the dragon being pretty good, Stephen Fry being quite distracting, and that even while watching the movie I was unable to definitively list all five of the Five Armies. 

Moana - ★★★½☆
The best parts of this movie are the parts with Moana. The middle chunk with Maui is a little boring.

(It's kind of interesting how the zeitgeist works - I think I could have told you that Lin-Manuel Miranda was behind these lyrics without seeing the credits or anything - they sound like him, as far as I'm concerned, even though I haven't seen any Hamilton and don't really have any basis to know that about him. Maybe he re-used some rhymes from The Force Awakens...)