What: Movie Review
Who: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
When: January 2015
Why: The last saga to the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movie franchises
It's hard to imagine almost fifteen years ago the first Lord of the Rings film was released in theaters to epic applause. Now, Peter Jackson had finally closed out his sagas to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, the third film in the Hobbit trilogy.
The Battle of Five Armies has its ups and downs, and although it may not be the best in the Hobbit trilogy and no where near as epic as Return of the King, it's a good stand off and a wave goodbye to a world that millions of movie goers love.
One thing is for certain: the Orcs, elves, dwarves and wizards look fantastic in IMAX, and the special effects and CGI are absolutely incredible in this film.
Some scenes are truly legendary and are eye poppingly good fun.
However, it's as if the Battle of Five Armies tries so hard to be something it's not, and that is what unfortunately brings the film down as a whole.
And come on, the Hobbit could easily have been one super long film instead of a trilogy, since the book is only a few hundred pages long. Everyone loves all the characters in the Hobbit, including Bilbo Baggins and Gandolf. Unfortunately, it's greed that's become the best of them as Hollywood seems to keep adding onto more and more things then they shouldn't.
On the plus side, although you don't care as much as the characters in the Hobbit as you did in Lord of the Rings, there is a good connection and development between Bilbo and Thorin which is one for the Middle Earth ages.
Overall, it's a good edition to the Hobbit saga and most of the time the film over comes its weaknesses.
Grade: B+ or B