It is the final installment of the three part film adapted from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Directed by Peter Jackson The Battle of the Five Armies follows The Desolation of Smaug and An Unexpected Journey and stars Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lily & Orlando Bloom.
Premise: Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.
Review: Bilbo and the Dwarves have reached and reconquered Erebor. The old Dwarf kingdom is filled with gold and jewels, and is strategically placed in middle earth so of course the Humans, the Elves, the Orcs will go to war for it. They all have different reasons to want Erebor, some more legitimate than others, and it leads to a big, impressive, entertaining battle.
The film is awesome, thrilling, action packed with epic nicely choreographed and CGI-ed battles. It’s waves after waves of amazing battle scenes and storytelling. It’s not just epic battle scenes, the movie also pulls on your heartstrings, the drama is at its peak. The heartbreaking moments made sense and did not overtake the story and turned it into a depressing movie. I was sad but satisfied.
The cast was really good, they all had their moments, I’m now more familiar with the Dwarves because they had more substance, they were no longer extras in this big movie. Richard Armitage was so convincing as Thorin. He managed to annoy me with this character and bring me to almost hate Thorin before reeling it back to a point where I respected the character and sort of liked him in the end. Martin Freeman is The Best Bilbo that could have been cast. Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Christopher Lee were great, it was the best unexpected scene ever and it completely make sense with the Lord of the Rings.