The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies | Movie Review 12 Dec 2014   318


Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Dean O’Gorman
Direction: Peter Jackson
Genre: Adventure
Duration: 2 hours 27 minutes

Critics Review

Times of India (TOI):

When Bilbo, Thorin and gang watched in fear as Smaug (Cumberbatch) flew away to torch Lake Town, little did they realize that their leader Thorin was going mad thanks to ‘dragon sickness’, lust for the castle’s gold and the Arkenstone. He now refuses leave the castle or even honour a commitment to help the people of Lake Town who have fled from their homes.
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The final chapter in the epic The Hobbit trilogy, this film starts with the death of Smaug (Cumberbatch) at the hand of of Bard (Evans) of Laketown. The city is burnt to the ground but the surviving townsfolk make it out and head to Dale to seek refuge and a settlement from the Dwarves led by Thorin (Armitage), who now hold Erobor.
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The Battle of the Five Armies is the most interesting movie of this trilogy, in that it is the least disappointing movie of this trilogy. So if you walk into the theater expecting something as mediocre as the previous movies, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised. The 3D is still terrible though.
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It’s hard not to be overcome with nostalgia while watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the last chapter in Peter Jackson’s trilogy of The Lord of the Rings prequels, and the presumed end to his massively successful journey through Middle Earth that began 13 years ago. Much like 2003’s The Return of the King, this is an out-and-out war film with thrilling battle sequences and elaborate set pieces.
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The Indian Express:

The Hobbit had already started running out of steam by The Desolation of the Smaug last year, and among the few good things you can say about The Battle of the Five Armies is that there are only five armies. Some more and the battles of this film, endless and relentless, would have left even less of a time for any dialogue.
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