The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (English, 2014)

Smaug has awakened and is destroying Lake-town. Everyone is fleeing for their lives when Bard the bargeman aims his arrows to get the dragon down. But when his final arrow finds its range, the now felled Smaug has destroyed Lake-town altogether. With nothing left and all their wealth lost, they turn to Erebor and Thorin to honor his word of a part of the wealth promised to them, only to find that Erebor has lost his conscience to the cursed wealth and riches. Along with the Elvian king who sides with Bard, the new leader, they prepare to fight it out with Thorin’s dwarves for their share of the wealth. Elsewhere, the Orcs have some other plans of revenging both the elves and dwarves.
Running Time:
144 min
Release date:
17 December 2014
Directed by:
Peter Jackson
Produced by:
Carolynne Cunningham
Zane Weiner
Fran Walsh
Peter Jackson
Written by:
Fran Walsh
Philippa Boyens
Peter Jackson
Guillermo del Toro
Based on:
The Hobbit by
J. R. R. Tolkien
Martin Freeman
Ian McKellen
Richard Armitage
Evangeline Lilly
Lee Pace
Luke Evans
Benedict Cumberbatch
Music by:
Howard Shore
Shot by:
Andrew Lesnie
Editing by:
Jabez Olssen
Distributed by:
Warner Bros. Pictures

What’s Hot

  • We are in for a visual grandeur. It is a Peter Jackson movie and hence the cinematography is splendid. Most of the movie’s running time is set in Erebor and its vicinity and it is portrayed stunningly. The cinematography by Andrew Lesnie covering the war and individual fight scenes take a special mention.
  • The lead actors have done a good job of their roles. Special mention goes to Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom. There is a good support from other actors and the guest appearances of Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Christopher Lee.
  • We are talking about battles in this movie. The makeup, hairdo, armory and rest of the attention to detail are a thing to be admired. The army of the Orcs, the dwarfs and the Elvins showcase some fine armory and makeup. Some dialogues in the movie take noteworthy mention with giggles and applause from the audience.
  • The music and the sound editing work of the movie are worth a mention. There are long scenes which involve war and fight duels; scenes where heavy emotions play a huge role, especially when the Elvian king wants to stop bloodshed of his army; when Tauriel feels for her lost love; the swooping dragon destroying Lake-town. Howard Shore has all this to his stride and delivers some good background score.

What’s Not

  • The screenplay is a letdown for this movie since the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins does not find the ample screen time as a focal point. Instead, the focus keeps shifting from one army to the other. It could have been made better.



Verdict Stamp

The third and supposedly final edition of The Hobbit, with a crisp storyline stunning cinematography and an ensemble cast, is let down by a screenplay that does not know what to concentrate on – whether to live up to the name of the hobbit Bilbo or with the five armies that fight to get Erebor.

2018-05-26T19:25:29+00:00 2014|English|0 Comments