Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a 2014 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the third and final installment in the three-part film adaptation based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom. It topped the US box office on its first week of showing, and at the time of writing, the film has grossed over $350 million worldwide.

the hobbit: the battle of the five armies

The story goes like this: After the Dragon leaves the castle, the people of lake town see a threat coming, the orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries helping everyone. Meanwhile, Gandalf still needs to break out of the orc prison. Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lone Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is of adventure, fantasy genre, which runs for approximately 144 minutes. It's rated PG-13 in most countries for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images. Being the third installment of a successful movie franchise, the film has a lot to live up to. Like the first two installments of the movie, it still has a lot of characters that one would get confused if s/he is not familiar with the novel. Moreover, there are a lot of events happening at the same time, which makes the plot more confusing. Surprisingly, the final installment is much shorter than the first two, which made the film more enjoyable to watch. There were a lot of heart-pounding scenes - from the gory battles among orcs, elves, and dwarves to like that of Legolas trying to escape from the crumbling tower. Towards the end of the film, the audience was greeted with some emotional scenes, which does not really translate to a good ending. For me, the last installment of The Hobbit is a mixed bag and I would not personally recommend that it be watched on the big screen.

RATING: 4 out of 5 STARS


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xoxo Nash


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