The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies

Peter Jackson (2014)

138min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An epic but uneven journey finally comes to an end at the Lonely Mountain with director Peter Jackson at the peak of his powers. He marshals elves, dwarves, orcs and mortal men in awesomely staged conflict after Thorin (Richard Armitage) hunkers down at Erebor to protect the glittering dunes of gold that Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) has left behind. Spectacular opening scenes find the dragon breathing fiery havoc on Lake-town, challenged only by Luke Evans's human hero, Bard. Despite having the title role, Martin Freeman's Bilbo (in less jovial mood) is again a supporting character, trying to broker peace using the all-powerful Arkenstone. Thorin's quest is the real heart of the story - he has to dig deep for his humanity... even though he's a dwarf. Elsewhere, Jackson lavishes too much time on minor characters, and on the romance between elvish warrior Evangeline Lily (his invention, not JRR Tolkien's) and dwarf Aidan Turner. The one-on-one battles generate much more intensity, especially Legolas (Orlando Bloom) going toe-to-toe with an orc on a falling bridge and Thorin's showdown with evil Azog the Defiler atop a frozen waterfall. Even if Jackson doesn't match the gravitas of Tolkien's writing, he leaves Middle-earth on an adrenaline-pumping high.

Summary

Premiere. Dwarf king Thorin reclaims control of his homeland, but his descent into madness places him on the brink of war with his human and elven allies. As Thorin's Hobbit friend Bilbo tries to save the tormented ruler from himself, a vast horde of orcs gathers to destroy them all. Conclusion of the fantasy adventure trilogy, starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom.

Cast & Crew

Bilbo Baggins Martin Freeman
Thorin Oakenshield Richard Armitage
Gandalf Ian McKellen
Bard Luke Evans
Legolas Orlando Bloom
Thranduil Lee Pace
Tauriel Evangeline Lilly
Kili Aidan Turner
Balin Ken Stott
Galadriel Cate Blanchett
Director Peter Jackson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Dec 2014
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