The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


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.... More

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.Hide

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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).... More

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.

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BY Brendan3 superstar

Big fights and lots of action complete the series

BY flapper123 superstar

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... More 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.Hide

BY GrahamP superstar

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... More saga.Well done.Hide

BY thorinoak superstar

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... More 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...Hide

BY Sawyer lister

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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The Press Reviews

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

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

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

  • 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. Full Review

  • 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... Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

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