144 Min | Adventure – Fantasy | December 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review: So That was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The final film in Peter Jackson’s six-film Middle-Earth saga. This may just be Jackson’s most ambitious film yet. It has to work as a standalone film, it has to be the final part of a trilogy, and it has to be the bridge between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films. Ambitious? Now, here we are in 2014, with the conclusion to the Hobbit films, The Battle of the Five Armies. This film literally starts off where Desolation left off, with Smaug destroying Lake- Town. A breathtaking sequence. Beautiful visuals remind us that Thorin’s actions will bring some devastating consequences.
After a very Lord of the Rings-esque recovery scene, we meet Bilbo and Thorin’s half company of Dwarfs at Erebor, and you can tell Thorin has changed. He’s become sick with the aptly named Dragon Sickness, and Bilbo can tell that something isn’t quite right about him. Little do they know that Azog (Who is, like, the evilest thing ever.) is marching towards Erebor, as well as the Elvenking ‘Mr. Fabulous’ Thranduil, is also moving towards Erebor, resulting in a literal clash of the titans. What we end up with is an enormous battle, so large in fact, that it shares title with the film. And now is also when Peter Jackson displays his qualities and faults as a film director. He manages to makes his battles very intimate, despite the chaos that you see on the screen. However, he has shown a particular love for goofy stuff, and after three films, he finally almost got it. There still is goofiness for people who crave that, but for the rest of us it comes off as dumb excuses for cheap laughs.
But damn, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has a lot of CGI. And some of it doesn’t even look finished. However, all things must come to an end, and in this film, there are so many cases that are left unsolved, almost to the point where it baffled me. Suddenly, he’s gone, and we’re left wondering where he went, and we never see what happens to them again. Same thing happens to Beorn, Tauriel, Bard, and *sigh* Alfrid, just to mention a few. That’s this film’s main problem, it opened too many doors without shutting them. Does that analogy make sense? There’s almost no resolution to any of the characters except for Bilbo, masterfully portrayed by Martin Freeman, by the way. For a film series called The Hobbit, he doesn’t appear nearly enough. In conclusion, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a worthy final installment in The Hobbit Trilogy. Great acting, well-directed battle sequences, Howard Shore, good visuals. All in all a fine holiday film. If you enjoyed the previous Hobbits, you’ll like this one.