Movie review: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Here we comes, to the last part of the trilogy of ‘The Hobbit’ which sets as the prequel to the famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy in early 2000s. After joining a group of dwarves on a never-before adventure to reclaim the Lonely Mountain as a burglar role and eventually awakens the powerful dragon Smaug, in this final chapter, Bilbo Baggins (the hobbit) found himself in middle of the battle of the five armies (hence the movie’s title), each with aim to claim the mountain full of treasures and value after Smaug is killed. Directed by Peter Jackson, the film starred Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, etc.


From the plot revealed in my previous paragraph, ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ has a very interesting storyline. I’m happy that Peter Jackson didn’t decide to make two films from this last chapter which is the current trending fashion for most other trilogy fantasy films (Harry Potter, Hunger Games). He sticks to one film to conclude the story and it is done brilliantly well. If its divided into two parts, I already imagined that things would be draggy and not productive. Now, things went fast-paced and excitingly thrilling with good story development in this slightly over two hours long film. Even my friend who didn’t watch its first two films enjoyed this.

Watching this one reminds  me of ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Well it should be. The characters, the setting and atmosphere, and the wars. In this one, the final war of the five armies (Goblins and the Wargs against Men of Dale, Elves, Dwarves, Eagles and a Shape-shifter) is just as epic as the final war in ‘The Return of the King’ from ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Is it only me or is anyone out there realize that Bilbo Baggins (the main character) has quite a little role or contribution in this final movie besides than the Arkenstone part. He is almost like useless in the battle, knocked down later, and then woke up knowing the war has ended and seeing the last moment of Thorin before he died.


I also actually wish to see more of Smaug in this final chapter too. He is immediately killed off by Bard, the dragon slayer in the first few minutes of this movie. I think he is too easily defeated despite his powerful force, ability and strength. Well, it is supposed to die early so that everyone can go take over the Lonely Mountain. But just not enough. We were shown many heavy CGI scenes in the beginning to conclude the life of Smaug. Mentioning on CGIs, I think the movie delivered wonderful visual effects (eventhough not the greatest yet I have seen). Some of the CGIs do look fake as I recalled. The sound effects are also good.


Everyone in the casts did fairly well in their respective role too. On the other hand, I’m also glad that despite all the intense and seriousness of the story, there were also some humors (hilarious scenes) added in to light or ease things up particularly from the scene where Thorin sank Azog beneath an ice block and from the Alfrid, a coward character whom acts nothing like a true man and hide away from the war. The movie also delivered in emotional moments and moral values. Generally, I’m quite impressed by this film that brings an amazing and memorable conclusion to ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ a total of 7.7.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)


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