If epic action movies ever had to take an exam, The Battle of the Five Armies would ace it.
The 3rd and final part of the epic trilogy that is The Hobbit, is arguably the best one among the 3 movies, filled with high paced action sequences from the beginning till the end. A running time of roughly 2 and a half hours makes this the shortest Hobbit movie. This is clearly seen as the movie at times, does feel rushed when certain scenes could have been slowed down to let the depth of the story be felt by the audience. Filled with intense CGI-filled action, it’s best viewed in 3D or IMAX. Brilliant display of acting by the whole cast with standout performances by Richard Armitage and Luke Evan. The depth of each and every character is complemented by the impressive musical score by Howard Shore.
The Battle of the Five Armies starts off exactly where it ended in The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug,
Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) begins to burn Lake Town to ashes but his reign of terror is rather short lived as Bard (Luke Evans) manages to slay the dragon with a well placed shot with the Black Arrow. However, it is still too late as the damage has already been done to Lake Town and the only option for those who survived to keep surviving would be to seek refuge in the abandoned town of Dale up on Erebor, better known as the Lonely Mountain.
High up on Erebor, Thorin (Richard Armitage) is losing his mind to the corruption of greed. With barely any concern for those around him, Thorin tirelessly searches for the jewel of the dwarf kings, The Arkenstone. Unknown to him, the Arkenstone had already been found and is kept hidden by Bilbo (Martin Freeman). Bilbo contemplates about revealing the Arkenstone but is advised not to by Thorin’s uncle as the dragon’s greed is becoming more apparent within Thorin.
Meanwhile in Dol Guldur, Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and the other White Council members, Elrond (Hugo Weaving) & Saruman (Christopher Lee) stages an attempt to rescue Gandalf (Ian McKellan) & Radagast (Sylvester McCoy) but is confronted by the Necromancer who Gandalf has already confirmed as Sauron. With probably the best action scene in the entire Hobbit series, we get to see Elrond & Saruman fight off the 9 Kings of Men, who would later be known in the Lord of the Rings movies as the Nazgul.
As Thorin loses his sanity, the Lonely Mountain soon becomes a battleground for the Battle of the Five Armies.
For those of you wondering who the five armies are, here goes : The Men of Lake Town led by Bard, The Elves of Mirkwood led by Thranduil (Lee Pace), The Dwarves of Iron Hill led by Dain (Billy Connolly), The Orcs of Moria & Gundabad led by Azog (Manu Bennett) and the Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains.
Well, that’s a wrap.
Not only for this review but for the Hobbit trilogy as well as any more movies based on Middle Earth / Tolkien series by the talented, Peter Jackson.
So tell me,
“Will you follow me, one last time?”