The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies Review

The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies Review

by Fernando Lyons


The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies is the final cinematic installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.  The movies are based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic book, The Hobbit, which follows the adventures of hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) through Middle Earth.  In literary form, The Hobbit preceded the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the Lord of the Rings movie series was released prior to The Hobbit movie trilogy.  


The Battle of the Five Armies story of this movie begins where The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug left off.  The fire-breathing dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) has left his mountain keep and his on his way to lay waste to the human settlement of Lake-town.  The action from this movie starts early and never relents.  There are very few slow moments in this movie, as it covers the epic finale of the book.  The scenes are fun, and the effects are handled well, but the CGI was a bit obvious and overdone in a few scenes.  Fans of the source material may or may not have a problem with the artistic liberty that Peter Jackson exhibited with his take on The Hobbit.  There were characters created exclusively for the films, and there were a lot of filler scenes added for no other apparent reason than to adapt a single book, which could have been told in one very long movie (or two), into a trilogy.  Including the popular elf character Legolas (Orlando Bloom) was a good way to bridge the gap between The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings movie trilogies , but outside a few good action scenes, his presence added very little to The Hobbit movies.  While being heavy on action and special effects, this final installment was light on dialogue.  There were moments of lull in the first two movies in this series, where the dialogue seemed to drag on forever, but in this movie you had the opposite.  There were some touching moments between Bilbo and the dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), but at the end of the day, I found it difficult to get as emotionally invested into the characters of this movie as I was with the characters in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.     


Overall, the movie was very entertaining, and well worth the price of a 3D movie ticket.  However, it falls just short of epic, and it fails to recapture the magic of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. 

Bottom Line:

+ Entertaining Conclusion to the Hobbit Trilogy, Great Action Sequences, Good Special Effects

- CGI Overkill, Too Much Story Filler, Little Meaningful Dialogue 

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