The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review by Ammar Akhtar

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies stars Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and Ian McKellen. It's directed by Peter Jackson. This last installment in the Hobbit trilogy tells the tale of everyone wanting Erebor. The castle full of gold is being held by the dwarves, but there are others who seek this magnificent treasure. Soon, it's all out war between many sides for the gold.

The Battle of the Five Armies had some EPIC battle sequences. It's mainly what shined most in the entire movie. Other than that, the film has some pros and cons that should be discussed.

First let's dig through the best part of the entire film, the action. When you have a title like The Battle of the Five Armies, you are sure to get an epic feast. The war for the gold was absolutely amazing. Everything about it was just so right. It went back to it's LOTR roots, and had battle scenes that are as good as some in the original trilogy. The music, the swords, the arrows, and the violence as a whole fit so well.

One other thing I liked was how the film shined more on an introduced character in the Desolation of Smaug, Bard. I was very interested in his character, and I wanted to see more of him after watching the second film. I got that, and he was actually one of the main characters. I believe that he was one of the strongest characters to come out of the Hobbit trilogy, and he definitely was a great one in this movie. 

I can't leave without mentioning the star of the film, Mr. Bilbo Baggins. Throughout the entire trilogy, his character has definitely grown. From a lazy hobbit who just wanted to stay in his hole in the shire, he became a brave one who wasn't afraid of anything. Bilbo definitely has guts, and we can see that in this film. His character was the one who shined most in this film, and it was very sad to see him go back home when the film ends (not a big spoiler). 

After going through it's pros, the film definitely has some flaws that need to be discussed. First off, this isn't a spoiler, but Smaug dies even before they show the title to the movie. I found this to be pretty dumb, considering they set him up to be this massive, epic creature. I thought he was going to be a major role in the war, but he died in less than 5 minutes. This was a major letdown for me, considering how the film set him up in the Desolation of Smaug. One other thing that I found to be pretty stupid was the love triangle between Legolas, Tauriel, and one of the dwarfs. It was introduced in the second movie, and it was also a flaw in that one as well. It's continued here, but it just felt so cliche with all the dialogue that Tauriel and the dwarf share. I saw this as a distraction from all the greatness the films had to share.

Overall, The Battle of the Five Armies is a solid movie. In the last time we will ever witness middle-earth, it was very action-packed and full of adventure. I was disappointed to see Smaug leave so soon, and the love triangle was pretty pointless. If you are a LOTR fan, then you should be seeing this movie. If you enjoyed the last two hobbit movies, you should also be seeing this last movie. The film was a great ending to the middle earth universe.

Some people have shared their thoughts on making the Hobbit, which is only one book, into three movies. After seeing all three, I think making it into two would have been much better. In the first Hobbit, nothing major happens until we are 45 minutes into the film, so most of the first film is rather pointless. They also could have aded Smaug's death into the second installment, and leave us hanging with others coming to claim Erebor. A lot of stuff throughout all the films have scenes which are pointless, and making the book into two movies would have been a better option. There simply isn't enough source material to make it into 3 movies.

MY SCORE: 8.5/10