I’m a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogy. Though I do feel making The Hobbit a trilogy was purely a money grab, I was still able to enjoy my extra time in Middle Earth. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies begins where The Desolation of Smaug should have ended. We see, well… Spoiler? The desolation and demise of Smaug. We rejoin our rowdy bunch of dwarfs as they search for the Arkenstone amidst the gold and ruins of the dwarf kingdom under the Lonely Mountain. But with five armies pressing in on every side, the future of the gold and the dwarf home is in question.
Overall, I liked The Hobbit. My issues have more to do with the series itself than they do with the movie so I will not focus on them in this short review. Though the shortest of The Hobbit Trilogy this film still felt long. Perhaps because the “final battle” scene is the last hour and a half of the movie. That’s a lot of battles by anyone’s standards. There were, however, some awesome action pieces involving Legolas and Thorin Oakenshield that brought me right back into the film when I was getting tired. Most of the acting was good, but there were so many characters it was hard for me to be emotionally invested in any one story line. That being said, Richard Armitage played an excellent Thorin as he is overcome by dragon sickness moving back and forth between despicable and sincere with ease. Martin Freeman, though not in the film as much as you would expect given its title, added a genuineness and levity to all of his scenes, reminding you why hobbits truly are the best.
In summary, though long, The Hobbit had some great action and good acting. It served as a good conclusion to The Hobbit series and a great lead into the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I will be buying the trilogy on Blu-Ray so at some point I can nerd out and watch all six in succession.
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