Smart Reviews: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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The Hobbit

The long journey comes to an end. The final installment of The Hobbit doesn’t disappoint. It has way more action than the Desolation of Smaug. And of course sets the stage for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The movie picks up where it left off seamlessly. No need to rummage through your memory file. And no dilly-dallying. It’s action packed right from the get-go. Trust me, there’s no time to fall asleep during this flick. Director Peter Jackson did a fantastic job of weaving together action and love. The Battle of the Five Armies is more emotional than the other two installments. The love triangle between Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Kili (Aidan Turner) is highlighted. It doesn’t end the way you expected. In fact, I think this may be the first time I’ve seen a love story in any of the trilogies.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” is highly recommended in 3D. The battle scenes are epic and intense! I couldn’t relax the whole time. Sauron, the Dark Lord returns to Middle-earth. He sends legions of Orcs to attack the Lonely Mountain where all the gold is stored. The war unites the races of Dwarves, Elves and Humans to fight against their common enemy. Hence, the battle of the five armies.

Some of the one-on-one fight scenes are jaw-dropping. I was left wondering, “how did they do that?” Yes, it’s movie magic but you still have to wonder, “who thought of that move?” Simply entertaining. You definitely need to look out for Legolas’ fight scene. You won’t want to miss it.

In this last chapter, the adventures of the loveable Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) wraps up. But he managed to become great friends with the Dwarves. Their strong bond is tested over and over again as Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) becomes increasingly paranoid thanks to his greed.

This movie is a must see if you’ve loved all of Peter Jackson’s films. You won’t regret it. And if you’re itching for an action flick this holiday season…this. is. it.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” opens in theaters December 17. Runs 144 min. Rated PG-13.

 

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