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The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies – Review

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If epic action movies ever had to take an exam, The Battle of the Five Armies would ace it.

Will Bard save his people? Will Gandalf survive?

Will Bard save his people? Will Gandalf survive?

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.

Synopsis

I am fire. I. AM. DEATH!

I am fire. I. AM. DEATH!

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.

WAR!

WAR!

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.

Elrond being a complete bad ass.

Elrond being a complete bad ass.

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.

Azog & his horde of Orcs

Azog & his horde of Orcs

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.

There's not gonna be another Hobbit/Lord of the Rings movie!?

There’s not gonna be another Hobbit/Lord of the Rings movie!?

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?”

– Dev

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES – (ENDED)

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves.  Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.  Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice.  But there are even greater dangers ahead.  Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed.  Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
“The Hobbit” Trilogy tells a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.  The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom.  The film also stars, in alphabetical order, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt and Aidan Turner.

The screenplay for “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.  The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

The creative behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, editor Jabez Olssen and composer Howard Shore.  The costumes are designed by Richard Taylor, Bob Buck and Ann Maskrey.  Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of armour, weapons, creatures and special makeup, which are once again being made by the award-winning Weta Workshop.  Oscar®-winning visual effects studio Weta Digital is again handling the visual effects for the film, led by senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri.  The hair and makeup designer is Peter Swords King.  The conceptual designers are John Howe and Alan Lee.  Eric Saindon is the visual effects supervisor, with David Clayton serving as animation supervisor.
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Under Jackson’s direction, “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES” was shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®.  Production took place at Jackson’s own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.  Post production took place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a Wingnut Films Production, “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIESs.”  As with the first two films in the Trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the final film is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production.  The film will be released worldwide beginning December 17, 2014, with select international territories releasing on December 10, 2014.

Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.  www.thehobbit.net

Scheduled for release on 18th December 2014, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.  For more info on the movie, visit https://www.facebook.com/WarnerBrosMalaysia

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Movie Questions:

1. What is the name of Bilbo Baggins’ home?
a.  Bag-End
b.  Bag Land
c.  Baggins Hole
d.  Baggins Shire

2. What nickname do people use to refer to the sorcerer in Dol Guldur?
a.  The DeathWalker
b.  The Necromancer
c.  The Shadowalker
d.  The Narcolapser

3. I would like to watch THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES because…

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Grand Prize

Victor Wong Wai Tsung

I would like to watch THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES because
It will surely be an epic and awesome night,
As Together we trek towards one last fight,
First is the destruction of Smaug in flight,
Hurting when seeing Thorin Oakenshield succumb to Dragon Sickness’s blight,
Though initially divided by one’s own claim and birthright,
Against a common foe in the end do they all unite,
Which is where we are captivated with delight,
As they ultimately prevail against Evil’s might,
Even though sacrifices, loss and sorrow we share of their plight,
It is nevertheless an experience guaranteed to be out of sight!!!

 

1st Prize

Shreen
If epic action movies ever had to take an exam, The Battle of the Five Armies would ace it and to watch the last the Tolkien series done by the talented, Peter Jackson.

2nd Prize

Lo Xin Qi
I would like to watch THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES because as Thorin requested: “will you follow me, one last time?” my answer is, “yes”. Saying goodbye to the last movie was like agonising torture but the real emotions will hot me in days to come and who let the dragons out *roar roar roar roar*, I want to know what happens when they release the dragons!