The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Review

Written By: Kelly

After the success of the second Hobbit film The Desolation of Smaug, director Peter Jackson brings out all the stocks in the third film adaptation in the movie trilogy The Hobbit by J.J.R Tolkein. The Battle of the Five Armies captures the final journey of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and a company of 13 dwarfs, lead by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) who have gone on an adventure to reclaim the dwarfs homeland: the mountain of Erebor.

Discarding all the unwanted waffle that made the first film a disappointment for many people; Jackson dives head first into Middle Earth in and action packed and dramatic finale.

Right from the world go the audience are thrown in and dazzled by spectacular creatures, fire, destruction, weapons and special effects; there was definitely no expenditure spared here. The film takes a calmer tone where the dwarfs are left with a determined Thorin Oakenshield who wants nothing but the arkenstone; he soon becomes obsessed with this task only and the film heads down a dark and twisted road.

From here on the film is bursting at the seams with the full Jackson experience: twisted and dramatic, yet intertwining the light-hearted humour of a lonely dwarf. The story continues, combining an unexpected love story between an elf and a dwarf, the most hair-raising battle of 2014 and the one remaining question… do the dwarves reclaim their homeland?

This film is a must watch for all fantasy fans, the film stays mostly true to the book so if you’re a Hobbit or Lord of The Rings enthusiast then this may well be for you.