It has finally arrived!!! The final chapter in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy as well as the final film in Jackson's Middle-Earth saga. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies was originally supposed to be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. But after production wrapped up, the production team felt that the title needed a change. And now we have An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and Battle of the Five Armies. I gotta say that the title actually worked with this movie. It tied into the final few chapters of the book really well and it gave us nearly as much battle sequences as Return of the King did a decade ago.
Now this film covers the third half of the book. I consider this to cover like Chapter 14 and so on. But I admit that director Peter Jackson can still deliver us a Middle Earth that will go on for new generations to witness in the coming years. And I watched the first two films on my laptop. So I went to the theater to watch this film. And I am glad I did. Now I can see there were some crucial elements that tie into what The Lord of the Rings had and it really works. I can see all three of these films to be one great story overall. Though each film in this trilogy is approximately three hours long, it really works.
Everything that happened in both An Unexpected Journey and Desolation of Smaug have been giving us clues as to what was given in the climatic finale of the trilogy and the series overall. I can see that the first two were acts of the bigger story. What I see when I watch a series of movies based on books is that I consider them to be acts of plays. But it is still considered to be one huge story overall.
Now this film picks up where the cliffhanger of Desolation of Smaug left us off when Smaug was going to attack Laketown. It drove us in and it actually was as epic as I thought it was going to be. When Laketown and Smaug came onto the scene, I was right into what the third film was going to give us as viewers. It took me right into the main story of the film. But the thing that captured me the most was the main arc of the final part of the story with the characters.
Everyone from the first two films returns in this film including Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lily, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee and Hugo Weaving along with a few more new acting talents such as Billy Connolly. But the true main character in the trilogy here is Martin Freeman as Bilbo. He was what I considered to be the perfect young Bilbo Baggins. He is the main thing that drives the trilogy and everything together.
Now some people consider this to be a repeat of the first film. But it is not that, it is a turning-the-tide of that film from slow to really fast. It is just fighting after fighting and it is all an epic experience for everyone to witness. Its battle after battle with Orcs, Elves, Dwarfs, Men and Goblins in this film.
Also there is the whole thing with the Necromancer/Sauron which is actually a tie-in to Lord of the Rings and I felt that it really pulled off getting everything in place. It set the stage to what Fellowship of the Ring gave us and so on and so forth.
Now looking at the original book, I originally thought that the films were going to be children-appropriate. But then I realized that there were a few dark moments here and there in the movie. So I said to myself 'Nope. Not kid-appropriate'.
So in the end, I give The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies 4 and 1/2 stars for being an astonishing conclusion to the trilogy and the franchise as a whole and is considered for the much older children and everyone who loved the original Lord of the Rings movies.
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