The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies
Review: Bilbo, Thorin and the Company of Dwarves are all forced to fight in a war. It is also their job to keep Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth. The future of Middle-Earth hangs in the balance.
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Aidan Turner
Year: 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama and Fantasy
Conclusion: 5/5
Excellent conclusion to the end of the Hobbit trilogy. Been a very long journey since the start of The Lord of the Rings trilogy back in 2001. (Guillermo del Toro was originally chosen to be the director of this film. It would have been interesting to see his version of The Hobbit.) There wasn’t a step out of line with the acting. They all did exceptionally well. You couldn’t fault Martin Freeman. He made it all look so easy. Loved all of his expressions. When Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen were both off screen you almost missed them. I couldn’t believe how dark it was. If I had a child I would not let them see this. There were a few scenes in this that made me laugh. The ending scene was perfect for the film. It would be great to see Peter Jackson do something completely different now. The title for this film was originally going to be called ‘There and Back Again’. I personally feel that would have been a more appropriate title for the last Hobbit film. It has got more of a Hobbit feel to it than ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’. Having said that this film is all about war and battles rather than the hobbits. One of the best performances was from Richard Armitage who plays Thorin. He has an interesting struggle with his conscience. The only actors / actresses to appear in all 6 films were Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen. I know that some people have criticized Peter Jackson for adding things in the film and not always being faithful to the book but for me it didn’t seem to matter. The end credits are excellently done and worth staying behind for. I hope that this manages to pick up some Academy/Bafta Awards. The only criticism that I have is that Ian McKellen should have had more of a part to play but then again I am a massive fan of his. 

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