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

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – The Defining Chapter

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Ian McKellan————————————— Gandalf
Martin Freeman———————————– Bilbo
Richard Armitage———————————-Thorin
Ken Stott——————————————– Balin
Orlando Bloom————————————-Legolas
Evangaline Lilly————————————Tauriel
Billy Connolly—————————————Dain
Benedict Cumberbatch—————————-Smaug/Necromancer
Cate Blanchette————————————-Galadriel
Hugo Weaving————————————–Elrond
Christopher Lee————————————Saruman

Directed by Peter Jackson.
Screenplay by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro
Based on the Novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

The final installment in the Hobbit series concludes the prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. There are many people who have read the books by J.R.R. Tolkien when they were young and they were reintroduced to Frodo and “The Lord of the Rings” thirteen years ago by Peter Jackson. His biggest movie to that point was “The Frighteners” starring Michael J. Fox. Who would have guessed that this relatively unknown director would take us to and help us explore middle earth as never before?

The film starts exactly where the second film ends, Smaug comes flying into Laketown certain to destroy it. This sequence drives the story forward. The Dwarves have taken control of Erebor and when word spreads of this many different armies are interested in the mountain treasure. They must defeat many different evils to defend the treasure, some of those evils are outside the mountain and others are inside.

There are some incredible battle sequences but this movie gives us some up-close blade to blade combat. Many of the fights within the battle are personal and the action in these fights deliver a whole range of emotions. There are great moments within the battle where two combatants eye each other up and then go toe to toe. This was a pleasant surprise for me because I was expecting a regurgitation of “The Two Towers” battle sequences where a massive army attacks another massive army. Instead, Peter Jackson gave us the epic battle, but made it personal and focused his story on that. This movie did things that I just did not expect and I applaud Mr. Jackson for those decisions.

Peter Jackson will forever be tied to these six films about Hobbits and Rings. The tagline for this movie is “The Defining Chapter” and I hope that he does not let these movies define him. I hope that he does not rest on his laurels and when he stands behind the camera next time, he dazzles us once again. Thank you Peter Jackson for an excellent series of movies. Well done!!!

Production Budget: $250,000,000.

Box Office
Domestic: Not finished its run yet
WorldWide: Not finished its run yet

CC Rating: 10 out of 10

Screenplay: I could not find the screenplay.

Director’s Previous Films: The Frighteners, Heavenly Creatures, King Kong.

If you liked this try: Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gladiator, The Hobbit trilogy.