The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Movie Review

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is the strongest and most engrossing entry in the series and unsurprisingly, it is also the last film. Finally, things have come to fruition not only in terms of its story but the character arcs and the deep relationships that lie within. What we get is a film that not only has bigger battles, bigger fights and bigger set pieces to ogle at but also a deeper emotional oomph that completely caught us off guard.

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure and clouded by the Dragon's Sickness, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard all of it for himself. Frantic attempts by Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) to make him see reason fail and drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" may be the shortest film of the bunch but it is no slouch. In fact, it's probably the most comprehensive and complete and our favorite entry in "The Hobbit" trilogy. First and foremost, the film looks amazing. Set pieces and battles are stupendously huge and exhilarating. The world is as engrossing as ever and we couldn't have asked for anything better. Much importantly though, this third outing was able to balance every aspect into one package. While the first film was dialogue-heavy and focused more on a character-driven story and the second film deviated from that and spammed us with action scene after action scene, this third outing is able to create epic battles and still include characters relationships into the fray. Making this the most emotionally engaging out of the bunch as well. The only major gripe we have is that the film heavily relies on the two previous entries. Without watching those two films, it won't be able to stand on its own. In the end, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is a deserving end to a notable and highly-acclaimed series.

Rating: 5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- still a technical marvel to behold as the battles get bigger and better
- a fitting end to a acclaimed series

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- you need to watch the previous two films to understand what's happening

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