The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Movie Review

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

2014 | PG-13 | Fantasy, Adventure
144 minutes /

User Score: 54/100


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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

Synopsis:

Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) is a New Zealand / American adventure fantasy film that is the third and final installment in Peter Jackson‘s adaptation which was based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The previous two installments were An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Desolation of Smaug (2013). These three installments are the prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy when they are put together. This film had a budget of $250 million and grossed over $956 million worldwide which made it the 30th highest-grossing film of all time and second highest-grossing film in 2014. Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)) did a wonderful job directing this movie, but not his best. There is extreme violence, decapitations, blood, suspense, thrills, and frightening scenes.

The dragon Smaug is seen setting Laketown on fire as the villagers are running and Bilbo and the Dwarves are watching Laketown from the Lonely Mountain. Bard the Bowman later kills Smaug with the black arrows. Later, reluctantly is elected to become the new leader of Laketown. Skip forward, Thorin seals the entrance to the Lonely Mountain while Galadriel, Elrond, and Saruman save Gandalf at Dol Guldur. Gandalf tries to warn Bard and Thranduil of the threat by Azog, but he was dismissed. Bilbo does not want a battle and, therefore, tries to give the Arkenstone to Thranduil and Bard so that they can trade it for the gems/gold that is rightfully owed. Thorin refuses to trade with Bard and Thranduil which resulted in the inevitable, war/battle. The movie goes on to being an adventurous, thrilling ride.

I gave this movie a seven because it was marvelous in almost every way except for the goofs, plot holes, and it did not stay faithful to the book. The director fails from explaining what happened and what was the outcome of certain events in the movie. There were too many unanswered questions, and I think that Bilbo was supposed to be the main character instead of Thorin. There were also many scenes that are not practical such as Legolas grabbing a flying bat and also when Dain and Thorin all of a sudden decide to hug in the middle of the battle. The entire cast did a brilliant job although the CGI was terrible and the movie did not do Tolkien and his characters justice. Otherwise, it was a great entertaining watch if you have an open mind and have not seen any other movies about The Hobbit.

The movie was shot beautifully in Hobbiton - 501 Buckland Road, Matamata, New Zealand, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK and Stone Street Studios, Stone Street, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand.

A few things the movie contain are: orc, hobbit, elf, army, ruins, sword and sorcery, wizard, goblin, martial arts, sorceress, white magic, anti-war, Is this relevant?, hallucination, gold coin, child in peril, crushed to death, severed head, decapitation, revenge, sword and fantasy, dual wield, sword fight, shield, suit of armor, mercenary, death, murder, stabbed to death, scepter, elk, battlefield, giant creature, catapult, giant worm, apparition, ghost, archery, giant, stylized violence, shapeshifting, and shapeshifter.


About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Title: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Original Title: The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Year: 2014
Runtime: 144 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.65/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, Ian Holm, Jed Brophy, Katie Jackson, Hrvoje Klecz, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Richard Whiteside, Joseph Mika-Hunt, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Kelly Kilgour, Mark Hadlow, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry, Manu Bennett, Evangeline Lilly, Allan Smith, Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt, Graham McTavish, Debra Wilson, Ryan Gage, Dean O'Gorman
Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien
Director: Peter Jackson

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