What is it?
The final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Who’s in it?
Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, and a whole lot of other people…like a super lot of people. I might even have accidentally slipped into the film and not have known it.
What’s it about?
What? You really don’t know? Okay, it’s the final leg of Bilbo Baggins adventures with the company of dwarves that were out to reclaim their home of Erebor. However, with the evil dragon driven from their home, word has reached across Middle-earth that the Lonely Mountain is now up for grabs and five armies seek to claim the riches outside and they are prepare to battle over it…and that’s how they got the title, little one!
Does it come in a size ten?
Are you sure?
Can you check the back?
The cast is still fantastic and really make their characters feel like they leapt right off the pages of the beloved book.
The final fight scenes with Azog and Thorin and Legolas and Tauriel against Bolg were very exciting.
Billy Connolly provides some ridiculously entertaining moments during his short time on screen. Who doesn’t love Billy Connolly?
It provides a bittersweet closure to Bilbo’s adventures and moves seamlessly into the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring.
- This is the first Hobbit film that I couldn’t forgive bad CG. Elements seen in the epic battle between the greater than four armies were very distracting.
- The actual battle between the less than six armies was…sorta disappointing. It lacked the emotional element and entertainment factor that battles like Helm’s Deep, the skirmish at Black Gate, and the fight for Gondor had. While it had some amusing and exciting points, it just ended up more forgettable than earth-shattering.
- The film has a much shorter running length than the last two films and this ended up as a perfect argument for why the internet naysayers claimed that making the story into three movies was a bad idea.
- Finally, and I’m not one to really complain about changes made when adapting a property to a film, an adjustment made to the way Bard killed Smaug (and that’s not a spoiler, it is canon to the book and that thing is nearly 80 years old now) was a little less than satisfying. While the change isn’t terrible, I just thought it was a bit silly (and that’s me also trying to bring up something I didn’t like without actually getting into spoilers territory).
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is going to go down as my least favorite in the trilogy. Without a doubt, it had some issues that made it feel like a footnote to the other films and it lacked greatly with the attention to character and how the events were affecting them personally…HOWEVER, I was still entertained and still really enjoyed it. The saddest part of it all is this is now the second time my three year annual visit to Middle-earth has come to an end.
Rev. Ron is an occasional comedian, a hack Shakespearean actor, a lazy propane salesman, and a wannabe movie critic who geeks out at the drop of a hat when it concerns pop culture. You can read a more in-depth review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (and other films) at his blog.