Monday, 12 January 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Release Date: 26th December 2014 - Australia

Production Companies
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
New Line Cinema
WingNut Films

Roadshow Distribution 

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M
Runtime: 144 minutes

Budget: $250,000,000

Box Office Gross: $956,019,788

Plot Summary
Having reclaimed Erebor
and vast treasure from the
dragon Smaug, Thorin
Oakenshield sacrifices
friendship and honour in
seeking the Arkenstone,
despite Smaug's fiery wrath
and desperate attempts by
the Hobbit Bilbo to make
him see reason.

Meanwhile Sauron sends
legions of Orcs in a sneak
attack upon the Lonely
Mountain. As the fate of
Middle Earth hangs in the
balance, the races of Men,
Elves and Dwarves must
decide whether to unite and
prevail -- or all die.

Martin Freeman - Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen - Gandalf the Grey
Benedict Cumberbatch - Smaug
/The Necromancer (Voice)
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
Evangeline Lilly - Tauriel
Luke Evans - Bard the Bowman
Stephen Fry - Master of Laketown
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Christopher Lee - Saruman
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
Ian Holm - Old Bilbo Baggins
Sylvester McCoy - Radagast the Brown
Manu Bennett - Azog the Defier
Lee Pace - Thandruil
John Tui - Bolg

The Company of Dwarves
Richard Armitage - Thorin
Graham McTavish - Dwalin
Ken Stott - Balin
Aidan Turner - Kili
Dean O'Gorman - Fili
Mark Hadlow - Dori
Jed Brophy - Nori
Adam Brown - Ori
John Callen - Oin
Peter Hambleton - Gloin
William Kircher - Bifur
James Nesbitt - Bofur
Stephen Hunter - Bombur
Billy Connolly - Dain

Screenplay/Producer/Director -
Peter Jackson
Based on Novel "The Hobbit" -
J. R. R. Tolkien
Screenplay/Producer - Fran Walsh
Screenplay/Co-Producer - Phillippa Boyens
Screenplay/Project Consultant - Guillermo del Toro
Producer - Carolynne Cunningham
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Zane Wiener
Co-Producer - Eileen Moran
Production Designer - Dan Hennah
Conceptual Designers - John Howe & Alan Lee 
Costume Designers - Bob Buck and Ann Maskrey
Director of Photography - Andrew Lesnie
Stunt Coordinator - Glenn Boswell
Visual Effects Supervisors - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon
and R. Christopher White
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Matt Aitken
Film Editor - Jabez Olssen
Music - Howard Shore

Splendid and outstanding, it all comes down to THE HOBBIT prequel trilogy with its closure of THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. Finally, the wait is over for the conclusion of the popular and yet extremely faithful series adaptation of the true first LOTR adventure by J. R. R. Tolkien and I was intrigued with the pacing of the film which has a good balance of story with action, visible CGI and heartbreak. I also enjoyed the way the movie concluded in that it ends precisely where FELLOWSHIP begins and flows nicely. The same cannot be said for the ending of THE RETURN OF THE KING (TROTK) as I said in the review for this film, there were some time filling scenes that bogged down the story's conclusion. The battle sequences are elaborate and often endless to contain emotion that couldn't be seen in the film's two predecessors.

Still performing in the trilogy are the figurative cast of actors include Martin Freeman as the young version of Bilbo which I've forgotten to mention about him in two of my previous HOBBIT critiques. I almost didn't recognise Luke Evans when I first saw his character in the second addition until I looked at the cast description and he has proved his ability to play both a man that is noble and a man that is evil as is the case with his villain character in FAST & FURIOUS 6 (click here).

This might be the last of the hugely adapted and acclaimed fantasy series from director Peter Jackson, THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES is excellent enough to captivate one person or another into seeing it along with the trilogy's first two chapters!

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie

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