The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Review

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies picks up right where things ended in, The Desolation of Smaug; as Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the Dwarves watched Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) take aim on Laketown. The film opens up with Smaug incinerating everything in sight. For the purposes of NOT giving away spoilers, this review will avoid main story plots and merely comment on the positives and negatives of the film.

For years, the one book I can remember from childhood to this day has always been The Hobbit. To see the transformation of the book to the theaters has been pleasant for the most part. Like The Lord of the Rings, the journey for The Hobbit has been suspenseful and intense at times. Each film is surrounded by beautiful backdrops and character connections, but the films haven’t been perfect. The CGI hasn’t been all that impressive. At times, several scenes are filled with over-the-top moves such as Legolas jumping from one Dwarf head to another with precision shots from his bow, all while floating down the river in The Desolation of Smaug. In The Battle of the Five Armies, Legolas is back at it again, where in one scene he is running across falling rocks as they drop to the depths below. Love it or hate it, for me these types of things are a turn-off in a film. This scene is just one of many in The Battle of the Five Armies. Another flaw in the movie I noticed is the distance scene shots of people running or riding horses. I can’t help but look at these scenes and feel disappointed. The images are incredibly fake looking and I was hoping this film would have been different, but I was wrong. With all the amazing CGI effects in the rest of The Battle of the Fives Armies such as; Smaug flying around burning things, one would think they could perfect these scenes.

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Enough with the bad, The Battle of the Five Armies is definitely the most action pack film out of the three. From the beginning to the end, tensions are unfolding left and right. If action is your cup of tea, then this film will be your favorite out of the trilogy. Setting aside the outlandish actions scenes, the rest of the battle is filled with suspense and surprising results. Director Peter Jackson gives the audience plenty of moments leaving you on the edge of your seat. The final battle is great, but I wouldn’t say it was as epic like the final fight in LOTR: The Return of the King.

In my opinion, The Battle of the Five Armies is good, but certainly not great. Action is always fun and I get it, the movie has the word “battle” in the title. This is more than expected in a film with Arnold Schwarzenegger; whereas, The Hobbit has such a vast depth in it’s storyline. This film left several unanswered questions connecting to The Lord of the Rings which was rather disappointing. The saving point in the film is the struggle Bilbo carries when deciding how to handle the Arkenstone and Thorin (Richard Armitage). If you’re deciding weather to see this film or not, I would suggest you do. It closes the final chapter to a fantastic adventure, but don’t set your expectations too high.

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