The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Release Date: December 17, 2014
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Mixed opinions have been generated by Jackson's transformation of a single, relatively slim volume into a trio of longish movies. But few will deny that this concluding screen chapter progresses at a steady clip and successfully engages viewers' interest -- even if newcomers to the story are not offered much in the way of explanation or exposition.
With five battling armies hogging most of the run time, theres not much room for meaningful character development. Yet despite the thin feel of the plot, the film does present some important themes for those willing to look hard enough.
THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES is an epic inspirational fantasy adventure into Middle Earth that captivates and entertains. Its superbly directed and acted, with a talented cast led by an emotionally powerful Martin Freeman of TVs SHERLOCK as Bilbo. Peter Jackson has effectively brought to life a moral, redemptive masterpiece that exalts courage, sacrifice, forgiveness, and good overcoming evil. There is plenty of intense violence and some scary elements, however, so caution is advised for older children.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a rollicking, satisfying conclusion to Peter Jackson's second Tolkien trilogy. It's also easily the most violent of the six films comprising The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. There are undoubtedly just as many wince-inducing moments as stand-up-and-cheer heroic ones, presenting a conflict for Middle-earth fans to reckon with especially parents of their own little hobbits as they consider whether to wade into this last big, emotion-charged Battle.
Visually stunning, capably presented, and utterly unnecessary, this final in the six-movie Tolkien cycle is just for the fans. I think even Tolkien himself would cry no mas at this point.
The Battle of the Five Armies, the series finale, is without merit. It doesn't meander nearly as much as An Unexpected Journey or feel as blatantly action-heavy as The Desolation of Smaug. In terms of quality, it's somewhere in the middle, and thanks to a few well-executed moments of comic relief to balance the oh-so-serious tone, The Battle of the Five Armies has a handful of charming moments.
Peter Jacksons Just Give the People What They Want, aka The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies sends this not-really-a-trilogy off in style. That means stuffing in everything the fans want, or that Jackson thinks the fans want out of these films made from the novel that came before The Lord of the Rings.
Its great stuff for long-time fans, but it also undermines the films central story, which pales as it tries to showcase a clash driven by greed against a burgeoning showdown between the forces of good and evil.
The final installment of the Hobbit trilogy is the best, featuring more spectacular action scenes as well as the series' most emotionally resonant moments. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies could have been a half-hour shorter, perhaps by jettisoning an uneventful and odd scene between wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), as well as a confounding ghostly battle involving elf queen Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee). But the pacing of other portions of the film is right on point.
In most films you can expect helicopter shots of people walking, triumphant characters emerging from heavy backlighting, orc wars, day-saving eagles, a magic ring, forbidden romance, monologues by the boatload, a beautifully sweeping thematic score, hyper-saturated though mostly one-sided friendships, and a charismatic wizard who will inevitably show up a day or so later than what would’ve otherwise been super convenient.
It’s an Academy Award-winning formula, and Jacksonites love it in the same way people of the ’70s loved Lou Ferrigno flexing his green muscles to shred Bruce Banner’s shirt.
But to the non-or-even casual Jackson fan, there’s a level of fatigue that has started to set in during recent films, and if you’re an audience member who has been feeling it, “The Battle of the Five Armies” is going to be a very long 144-minute running time.
If you’re a dedicated fan of the series, great news, the band is back together for one final show. Jackson and his super talented team still love this material, and there’s no question they want their last concert to be a night fans will remember for a long time.
However, if you’re not a fan of the series, or the six-movie walk was simply too long to keep your interest, there’s no game-changing moment here that demands you see Bilbo home to the Shire.
In short, “The Battle of the Five Armies” stands as a sincere sendoff to those who have stuck around for the almost-20 hours of adventure. The characters have purpose, there’s no shortage of spectacle, and the tie-in to “The Lord of the Rings” series is handled well. Fans have a lot to look forward to this weekend, and the non-fans who get dragged along will have enough to look at to get through the two-and-a-half hour movie, but they’ll start checking their watch about 35 minutes in.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images.December 16th, 2014 · Details
I attended this movie not because I was extremely excited about it because I didn't care much for the first two installments but rather to see how it was all resolved. I liked Bard's character and a few others but overall the entire franchise falls short for me. Much like the second film, this one is extremely violent and has some action scenes that just make you laugh because they're absolutely absurd. By the middle of the movie I felt like screaming "OK! WE KNOW THE GOLD IN THAT MOUNTAIN CORRUPTS PEOPLE!!!" Can we move on? Parents should definitely think twice about their children going to this one. As previously stated, very violent.December 11th, 2014 · Details