My son and I saw an early screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies last week. The film is the final installment in the Hobbit trilogy. In my opinion, the film did not disappoint. We loved the movie. There are a lot of action scenes, and the film looked and sounded great in IMAX 3D. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros) opens this Wednesday.
Six Things About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The story converges to the Lonely Mountain
In the final installment of The Hobbit, the story starts off with Smaug attacking Lake Town. Because Smaug is a fire-breathing dragon, the town doesn’t stand a chance. He burns down the town in convincing fashion. Meanwhile, Gandalf is still a prisoner of Sauron. He eventually escapes with the help of Galadriel, Elrond and Saruman. In another storyline, the dwarves are holed up in the Lonely Mountain. Thorin Oakenshield, the king of the dwarves, has lost his mind and is now obsessed with the gold and trying to find the Arkenstone. Eventually five armies converge to the Lonely Mountain and an epic battle takes place.
The Hobbit finally ends
The Battle of the Five Armies is the third and final movie in The Hobbit trilogy. I have to admit, when I heard the studio was turning J.R.R. Tolkien’s book into three films, I thought the studio did it just so they could make more money. I still think money is the main reason why the studio broke the story into three parts. But now that I’ve seen the third part, I’m a little sad the story is over. The trilogy added story lines and characters not in the book, but it also included more details from the book that otherwise could not have been included if there was just one movie.
The final battle is very looooooooooooooooong
There were two major action scenes in the final Hobbit movie. The first, which took place at the beginning of the film, was between Smaug the dragon and the people of Lake Town. In my opinion, that action sequence was a bit on the short side. It was almost anti-climatic. In contrast, the battle in the second half of the movie was very long. I didn’t time it, but it was probably close to an hour long. With a battle that involves five armies, you kinda expect a dragged out battle. Normally, I would lose interest when the battle is too long (like in the Transformers movies). But that was not the case with the final Hobbit movie.
Orcs are easy to kill
In the battle of five armies at the end of the film, I noticed Orcs are fairly easy to kill. In the final battle, Orcs were slaughtered right and left. Humans could kill them. Elves could kill them. Dwarves could kill them. And even eagles could kill them. There were a couple of Orcs that were hard to kill, but for some reason all the other Orcs couldn’t fight any better than I can in real life. What’s the deal with that? If the Orcs didn’t outnumber the other armies so overwhelmingly, the Orcs would not have even stood a chance of surviving.
The cast is excellent
I thought the acting was convincing in the third Hobbit movie. The actors did a great job portraying the characters from the book. The Battle of the Five Armies stars Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Luke Evans (Bard), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), and Orlando Bloom (Legolas). The Hobbit also features Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug / Necromancer), Lee Pace (Thranduil), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Manu Bennett (Azog), Aidan Turner (Kili), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Christopher Lee (Saruman), and James Nesbitt (Bofur). The film was directed by Peter Jackson.
The film is rated pg-13
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images. Some of the battle scenes might be a little violent, but in my opinion the 144-minute movie is fine for most children.