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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

2014



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Peter Jackson Screenplay
J.R.R. Tolkien Novel
Fran Walsh Screenplay
Philippa Boyens Screenplay
Guillermo del Toro Screenplay

 Directed by
Peter Jackson



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 Release Date
December 10, 2014

 Runtime
2 hours and 24 minutes (144 minutes)

 Cast
Martin Freeman
  Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen
  Gandalf
Evangeline Lilly
  Tauriel
Luke Evans
  Bard
Lee Pace
  Thranduil
Benedict Cumberbatch
  Smaug / Necromancer (voice)
Ken Stott
  Balin
Aidan Turner
  Kili
Dean O'Gorman
  Fili
Billy Connolly
  Dain
Graham McTavish
  Dwalin
James Nesbitt
  Bofur
Stephen Fry
  Master of Laketown
Ryan Gage
  Alfrid
Cate Blanchett
  Galadriel
Ian Holm
  Old Bilbo
Christopher Lee
  Saruman
Hugo Weaving
  Elrond
Orlando Bloom
  Legolas
Mikael Persbrandt
  Beorn
Sylvester McCoy
  Radagast
Peter Hambleton
  Gloin
John Callen
  Oin
Mark Hadlow
  Dori
Jed Brophy
  Nori
William Kircher
  Bifur
Stephen Hunter
  Bombur
Adam Brown
  Ori
John Bell
  Bain
John Tui
  Bolg
Peggy Nesbitt
  Sigrid
Mary Nesbitt
  Tilda
Kelly Kilgour
  Soury
Sarah Peirse
  Hilda Bianca
Nick Blake
  Percy
Simon London
  Feren
Conan Stevens
  Keeper of the Dungeons
Allan Smith
  Ragash
Miranda Harcourt
  Olga
Thomasin McKenzie
  Astrid


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Andres Gomez

As there was not much more to be told from the end of the previous movie, just assist to more than 2h of continuous battle.

Quite pointless, but you may enjoy the action if that is what you were looking for ...


Per Gunnar Jonsson

The Lord of The Rings are still occupying the three top places of my top ten movies list. Needless to say I am a fan of Tolkien and his Middle Earth fantasy story. I never felt that The Hobbit series could match the original trilogy but then much of the story in The Hobbit is not really Tolkien’s but produced by Hollywood scriptwriters to embellish the story enough to fill three movies. It is not a bad attempt by any means (for being a Hollywood one) but it does not really reach the heights of The Lord of The Rings.

Still, I quite liked these movies. They are good adventure, fantasy, special effects movies. Thus it saddened me when I went to IMDb and the first things I saw was a bunch of people shouting crap and giving it one star reviews. That is just so much rubbish. This is the third movie and it is not vastly different from the others. If you disliked the first ones so much why go and see this one? Also, the harping about not following the book. At this point that is a nonsense argument. It was fairly obvious that it was not going to follow the book in detail when it was announced that there were going to be three movies and if you did not get it then then you should have gotten it from the other two movies. One star ratings looks more like trolling to me.

Anyway, back to the movie itself. I definitely liked this movie better than the second one. It was on par with the first one for me. There was less silly stuff, less stuff that just felt like fillers and the special effects were generally good.

The story and the implementation is, as I wrote, less filled with fillers as the last movie. At least from my point of view. Still though, the story is not at all up to the standard of the original Tolkien works. It shows that it is a Hollywood product that favors effects and quantity before depth and quality. The battle at the end was epic but at the same time somewhat nonsensical in how people ran back and forth clobbering people and beasts right left and center. I did quite like the ramming troll though.

I have to say that I did not like that weasel Alfrid. Sure he was meant to be disliked but he got tiresome rather quickly. He could have been left out after being pushed into the water as far as I am concerned. After that I just got annoyed every time he appeared and I got especially annoyed by the fact that everyone, even Gandalf, seemed to trust him to actually do what he was told. I was hoping all the way to the finishing scenes that he would meet a gruesome end.

On the whole I definitely liked this movie. It had a “Tolkienesque” athmosphere, decent acting, decent story and loads and loads of special effects. Even though it does not reach the heights of The Lord of The Rings it is definitely great entertainment for the fantasy, not to mention special effects, lovers.


Gimly

Comparing the _Lord of the Rings_ trilogy and the _Hobbit_ trilogy was already like comparing apples and mediocre oranges, but none so mediocre as _Battle of the Five Armies_. Don't get me wrong, I love a "battle" as much as the next guy, more maybe, I don't even mind a movie that's 95% battle, but in this? It does. Not. Work.

_Five Armies_ is a movie that never made it out of pre-viz, let alone to a polished, well-rounded, final cut. I enjoy it to some degree when running through a Middle-Earth marathon as a whole, but only when the group I'm with will let me roll my eyes and complain about it.

_Final rating:★★½ - Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._



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