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

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

2014 | PG-13 | Fantasy, Adventure
144 minutes / 2h 24min

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Plot Synopsis:

After the Dragon leaves the Lonely Mountain, the people of Lake-town see a threat coming. Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. Meanwhile, Gandalf is rescued from the Necromancer's prison and his rescuers realize who the Necromancer is.

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

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.

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.61
  • IMDB: 7.4
  • MetaCritic: 5.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.9

About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

Title: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Year: 2014
Runtime: 144 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.31/5 stars from 423,470 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 423,470
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Cast Starring: Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, Ian Holm, Terry Notary, Jed Brophy, Orlando Bloom, Katie Jackson, Hrvoje Klecz, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Billy Jackson, Cate Blanchett, Manu Bennett, Billy Boyd, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace, Dee Bradley Baker, Joseph Mika-Hunt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Brown, Mark Atkin, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Whiteside, Riley Brophy, Timothy Bartlett
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Director: Peter Jackson
Box Office: $187,747,747
Production: Warner Bros.
Language: English
Country: New Zealand, USA