Everything was awesome at the movies in 2014. A beloved book came to life and a tree with a very limited vocabulary stole our hearts. From superheroes to hobbits and a heaping side of marshmallows, there were plenty of great reasons to head to the theater this year.
The GeekyNews editors rounded up some of our favorites to bring you some last minute feels (and ideas to start planning some 2015 movie marathons) as we bid farewell to 2014. Enjoy!
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
This was the movie that I was both waiting anxiously for all year, as well as completely dreading. I’ve been a massive Tolkien fan for over a decade, and that love was definitely spawned after seeing The Lord of the Rings trilogy in theaters. I had spent my entire young life pouring over all things Middle Earth, and in the process became completely fascinated with filmmaking in general thanks to the elaborate appendices in the extended edition DVDs. I spent years thinking that The Hobbit movie would never come into fruition thanks to Peter Jackson’s reluctance to take on another project on the same scale as LotR, and was overjoyed when it finally came to be (“overjoyed” being an understatement, I basically started crying in a Target). We didn’t get one movie, though, we got three, and while people will argue for days over whether or not that was a good or bad decision, I can firmly say that I don’t even care, because I will take as many trips into Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth as I can. The Battle of the Five Armies was our final trip into this movie universe for the foreseeable future, and it managed to not only round off The Hobbit as its own trilogy, but also tie it directly into The Lord of the Rings, making for the perfect 20 hour long movie marathon we’ve always wanted. The movie was certainly appropriately titled, as it consisted almost entirely of the “Battle of the Five Armies,” but honestly, I wasn’t surprised considering he was basically splitting a small novel into three 160 minute movies…there really wasn’t much left to cover. On its own, it’s arguably one of Peter Jackson’s weaker Tolkien movies (it’s currently pulling the lowest Rotten Tomatoes rating of them all, barely Fresh), but as the conclusion to a three-part saga? Perfect. We saw the inception of Sauron as we knew him in LotR, the evolution of Kili and Tauriel’s star-crossed relationship, and our title character, Bilbo Baggins take some brave steps that prove that even the smallest creatures can have the biggest impact on the world. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll go back to see it again. All I can say is that I can’t wait for the extended edition to be released next fall, because I’m not ready to say goodbye to this movie universe, no matter how many times Billy Boyd sings “The Last Goodbye” to me. - Audri