The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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Released:  Wednesday, December 17, 2014  
Length:  144 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Rating: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


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From Academy Award (R)-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor tohoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide - unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

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movieman24
 This Concluding The Hobbit Series was very Great a great Story ever told by house Eli's
07/13/2015 1:30 PM EST

mikezachar
 Finally get to see it!!!
03/27/2015 10:17 PM EST

schoolmommy
 Loved it!
03/14/2015 5:22 PM EST

carawhitney
 Watched a couple days ago
01/21/2015 7:51 PM EST

edadde
 I loved it
01/21/2015 4:17 PM EST

jorial79
 Looks worth seeing!
01/10/2015 4:01 PM EST

rami3stacks
 Let's do this
01/07/2015 5:33 PM EST

sassenach43
 One last journey to Middle Earth.
01/04/2015 11:36 AM EST

jekajek
 yay!!
01/03/2015 10:26 PM EST

gundamseeds
 Epic but not full epic! I like it still!
12/28/2014 5:19 AM EST

philip07304
 Watched this yesterday!
12/22/2014 4:21 AM EST

cory_moser
 Been waiting for awhile and I'm super giddy right now! Haha
12/21/2014 5:16 PM EST

cory_moser
 Checking in to watch the greatest film franchise ever made including The Lord of the Rings!
12/21/2014 5:14 PM EST

movieman24
 What a excellent Movie and a excellent series to be told
12/20/2014 10:21 PM EST

shell524
 excuse me how do I watch this movie. plz
12/17/2014 5:01 PM EST
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Theatrical Review


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies starts exactly where the previous Hobbit movie left off. In the final throws of "The Desolation of Smaug", Smaug is seen flying towards Lake Town with the sole aim of releasing his vengeance on its town's folk. The first scenes of The Battle of the Five Armies see him delivering his dose of reptilian shock and awe and this sets the rest of the movie up from the word go. While Martin Freeman returns as the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, this last Hobbit movie is more to do with the actions of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and Bard (Luke Evans). Both take centre stage in what is most probably (except for the extended edition BluRay) Peter Jacksons last hurrah into middle earth.

Having reclaimed their homeland, the company, led by Thorin, sets out searching the vast treasure halls for the Arkenstone. This search consumes Thorin; gone is the noble way of the honorable dwarf. Instead, he becomes paranoid, fueled with the greed so much wealth brings, blind to the fact that his reclaimed homeland may not be his to rule for too long as dark forces are at work to claim the mountain for themselves. His promises to the men of Lake Town forgotten, the new unelected, but people's choice for mayor "Bard", finds an unlikely ally in the elven king Thranduil (Lee Pace), who also brings his army to the Lonely Mountain.

Faced with two armies at his door Thorin griped with dragon sickness is in no mood to negotiate. Instead he barricades himself and the company within the mountain and holds fast for Dain (Billy Connolly) and his Dwarven hoard to come to his aid. Through all the arguments, Bilbo tries to act as peacemaker, but to no avail, as the orc armies of Gundabad come to join the fun and unite man, elf and dwarf to battle a common foe.

The shortest of the three films, there is no doubt this is the one that packs the biggest punch with more action than the last two put together. Within its 144 minute run time there are a number of plots and subplots that keep you right on the edge of your seat. Not all of the subplots are relevant, but Jackson has managed to tie the Hobbit trilogy into his first Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's a safe bet that most seeing this sixth middle earth movie watched The Lord of the Rings first and know that the Hobbit is sixty years before. But, for anyone who hasn't, the Oscar winning filmmaker has included dedicated scenes that ties both trilogies together. Most notably the cameo appearances of Saruman (Christopher Lee), Lord Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and the Lady Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) in a scene that could come straight from a horror movie and that many young viewers may find disturbing.

Something you can't say about any Peter Jackson film is that he skimps on the special effects, and yet again, it seems he has out done himself in that department. The 3D wasn't too bad either. As always, Howard Shore supplies an atmospheric sound track but even that is eclipsed by the brilliant "The Last Goodbye" at the closing credits performed by Billy Boyd.

When the Hobbit was first announced as a trilogy, many wondered how Peter Jackson was going to pull it off. After all, Rings was a trilogy but there were, after all, three books to work on compared to the single tome of The Hobbit. But pull it off he did and The Battle of the Five Armies has to be the icing on his cake; a superb movie and a spectacular ending to a saga that has lasted the past thirteen years. Tolkien purists and naysayers will, I am sure, have a different opinion but I can't wait to see it again.

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