The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies **1/2


“The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies” is the third and final installment of “The Hobbit” trilogy. I can see the whole story now in my mind and the parts fit together rather well. As a stand alone film this section is the weakest of the three.

It contains the a large scale battle between Orcs, Men, Elves, Dwarves and Eagles that is kind of anticlimactic in a way. After seeing the great and fearsome Smaug brought to life at the end of the second installment, then opening with his awesome and thrilling seige on Lake Town we are then lead in to a rather bland battle of swords, axes and various other weapson used to skewer, disembowel and decapitate the various races and creatures.

I found myself more interested in the plight of the dwarves. Specifically Thorin, the leader and future king under the mountain. He has become posseessed by the mountains of gold and is driven to find the legendary Arkenstone which he feels is his birth right. His conflict with Bilbo, who struggles to keep Throrin from going insane, should of been more of the focus here rather than a giant ground battle.

Alas this all comes back to my main issue with this whole prequal trilogy. I have enjoyed it and will treasure it but it did not need to be three lengthy films. This one is the shortest of the three, clocking in at 2 hours and 20 minutes but when you put them all together we are talking close to 9 hours. I think it was a mistake to add in the Tolkien appendicies in an attempt to bridge these films with “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy. Perhaps they should of left the smaller references and focused on the “Hobbit” book a little more.

Anyways I have enjoyed this series very much despite it’s flaws. I liked this movie and fully reccommend you see it to complete the series. The visual effects are awesome and like I said Smaug burning down Laketown is almost worth the price of admission alone. Peter Jackson knows how to create sequences that cover the whole canvas of the screen. I just wish that he had not let the story get so bloated and had refrained from so much CGI visuals.


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