The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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The defining chapter.

Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth concludes in part three of his adaptation of The Hobbit. With Smaug the dragon terrorising the citizens of Lake-town and dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield under the thrall of cursed gold, Bilbo Baggins finds himself at the centre of a battle to decide the fate of Middle-earth.

Smaug’s airborne assault sends human survivors fleeing to the ruins of Dale, where they encounter Elvish troops amassing to take on Oakenshield and his dwarf comrades. As the forces of evil make their way to the field of battle an epic confrontation beckons, one that will set in motion the events of The Lord of the Rings.

Opening with a hiss and a roar, The Battle of the Five Armies wastes no time getting stuck into some serious dragon destruction. This spectacular and chilling sequence could serve as a climax to plenty of other films, but in commencing proceedings there's something immediate and confronting about it here. This drops the audience in at the deep end with no build up, let alone meandering prologue (unless you count the preceding pics).

As Smaug lays waste to Lake-town and the central dwarven posse find their leader under the increasing thrall of cursed gold, it's remarkable how inessential much of what's come before seems - unless my lack of confusion about who's who, what or where is unlikely testament to the storytelling seen in prior instalments.

It's a welcome experience to see Peter Jackson to break free from the knots he's entangled himself in by unnecessarily expanding The Hobbit, and as he gets stuck in to entertaining, rather than indulging, the audience shares in the rewards. There's a dragon to defeat, a battle to stage, and threads to LOTR to tie together, plus beyond that a surprising amount of thrills, laughs and tension as opposed to the bloat of parts one and two.
 
As with prequels in general, you know that certain characters will make through intact, yet Jackson adeptly provides the life or death stakes missing so far, and wrings emotional heft out of characters' passing. Tonally this leans towards the more ominous fare of the original LOTR films although the way they're bolted together proves mixed, with Sauron as terrifying as ever, but Legolas' send off a bit too knowing for my liking. Most importantly, though, the action sequences provide plenty of excitement and variety, and the overall experience provides a fitting send off - with the right number of endings to boot.

Empire (UK)

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A fitting conclusion to Jackson’s prequel trilogy and a triumphant adieu to Middle-earth.

Total Film (UK)

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Even at its most talky, it's compelling stuff, reaping the rewards of characters built-up over two-and-a-bit movies...

Guardian (UK)

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Having set the tone so definitively at the outset, each film delivered exactly what it promised.

Time Out London

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Jackson’s singular talent for massive-scale mayhem hasn’t deserted him, and the hour-long smackdown that crowns the film gives him ample opportunities to indulge it.

Variety (USA)

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If none of the Hobbit films resonate with "Rings'" mythic grandeur, it’s hard not to marvel at Jackson’s facility with these characters and this world...

Hollywood Reporter

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The final stretch possesses a warm, amiable, sometimes rueful mood that proves ingratiating and manages to magnify the good and minimize the bad of the trilogy.

Great end to the trilogy

Big fights and lots of action complete the series


"You Sit In These Vast Halls, With a Crown Upon Your Head"

I have only one criticism about this movie and that was the individual fights with the orcs on Ravenhill. I found this violent, the Azog and Thorin confrontation seem much tamer.

Other than that, I enjoyed the movie. For me I found that keeping the music down to an acceptable level contributed to what was some brilliant dialog between the actors.(talking and body language).

Wonderful Cinematography, beautiful scenery and I guess my favourite part would have to be Laketown. What a spectacular opening, burst of energy, fiery displays, could not ask for a better opening than that.

Nothing negative to say about the actors, Everyone of them were brilliant in the characters that they portrayed included "Alfrid" and surprisingly many of the extras.

So many little details that caught my eye, Arkenstone, acorn, white gems, The ring, The quill in the inkpot, just so much to see especially inside Erebor.

I have already seen it about six times. Looking forward to the EE.


The End

This movie is amazing for the amount of detail in its sets and images.It is hard to take it all in as you look around the scenes that are presented.It is still top class movie making.

Once Smaug is destroyed the only thing left is the battle of the five armies,and what a show this is.It is hard to tell who is fighting who and what for but there is enough dramatic moments for the viewer to become totally immersed in it.All that was then left to do was to tie in the trip home to finish the saga.Well done.


An Unexpected Disappointment

Don't get me wrong, I love the LOTR trilogy and everything Middle Earth, these are my 'Star Wars' and I do quite literally have the T shirt. There was so much riding on the last journey into Middle Earth, this #onelasttime, but it didn't really live up to the hype. It might be high treason here in New Zealand to say this but honestly, sentimentality aside, solely on its own merits, this really wasn't that great a film. There was too much battle and very little heart. Everything that made the first two Hobbit films especially The Desolation of Smaug so good was Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage but they barely featured and were sadly replaced by multiple CGI elves who's faces looked like something out of a PS2 game. That said, this film was good, but by no means great, relying entirely on the spectacle of a long battle to prop up an entire film that did not have the source material to support it. If only they had kept it to two films...

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Blood and dragons

I went to this looking for smash ups and I was not disappointed. That dragon got the beans. Would have liked to see a bit more flesh on display but I guess this is all about hobbits and they aren't gonna get too much in that department.

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Good but too long

I went to see this thinking not much would be had from it because the first two are not the best movies but they are nice to watch on a boring day. I think the first one is the best and then this one is second and the second one is the worst and most boring. I am wishing that they just made two films or even one and made the story shorter but it would be more interesting. I liked to read the book growing up even though i would certainly skip the long songs and poems but these films are not too much like I imagined as i read them when I was a child. but if it is a raining day and you have nothing else to do it is a nice way to pass the time and Bilbo is a very nice character played by Tim from the office MArtin Freeman.


Average

After the disappointing and poorly paced first film the far better Desolation of Smaug gave me hope that the Hobbit moves would just get better and better with each episode but sadly this final episode isn't even as good as the first. Ironically it suffers most from the exact opposite affliction of Unexpected Journey - it feels rushed. There is plenty of action but nothing anywhere near as compelling as anything similar in the LOTR movies. Even Legolas's trademark 'cool' combat stunts come off as ridiculous rather than over-the-top cool. Something is off here from the often overblown performances (Richard Armitage is frequently just plain bad) and I can only think it is franchise fatigue. What a shame that we couldn't say goodbye on a high note. Really, really average.


Fight to the tomb

I see only only fight. There's almost no plot.


The Hobbit end of the Trilogy (of 7 films)

The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies

The final in the 7 series from Tolken, and wow, what a finish, great start BANG right into it, then hummed along at a even level all the way through. Some laughs but mostly a down hill spiral, obviously if you liked the books you have an idea of whats to come, yet it still better on the big screen. Don't watch it at home on your 50' tv, this is a must see on the 3d (HFR maybe as well) or even a mega screen cinema screen!

Genre : Action, war, fantasy

5/5 : Really great work Peter & the team, everyone put in such awesome work and it shows.


Just MEH

Honestly they didn't need to make the middle film. So boring. Evangeline Lily kept my interest in the plot but OMG it's not exactly a thrilling story. Average blockbuster experience.