Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself.
Peter Jackson‘s farewell to Middle-Earth will be a nostalgic trip for fans of the Lord of the Rings saga, as the film flawlessly tidies up many events from the Hobbit prequels through to the original trilogy, while presenting one of the biggest battles ever seen within the saga, involving action, drama and a quota of romance.
The Battle of the Five Armies begins right where ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ left off, with the mighty dragon unleashing his wrath on Lake City, while Thorin (Richard Armitage) gets consumed by greed as he starts experiencing dragon sickness, even turning against his own comrades.
The news of the fall of Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) spread quickly, forcing Elves, Humans and Orcs to make their way to claim part of the mountain’s treasure. They do not realise, however, that Thorin’s army of Dwarves is also on its way, and one of the biggest battles ever seen in Middle-Earth ensues – a battle that will see the king of the mountain fighting to redeem himself, and avoid the loss of more of his brothers in arms.
This final chapter of The Hobbit trilogy seems to follow the same pattern of the original trilogy: as in “The Return of the King”, Peter Jackson saves the best for last by giving us a superb visual spectacle that will leave even the most picky film critics speechless. There are great performances (that not even the annoying character of Albert manages to ruin), some iconic moments that link both trilogies, marvellous special effects and a final battle that goes for almost 50 minutes. Moreover, people claiming that the Lord of the Rings films are too long (as well as “critics” complaining, from day 1, about making “The Hobbit” into a trilogy) might have to eat their words as, now that the saga is over, it feels like it was too short. Hopefully we will have extended editions soon!
Overall, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is one of the saga’s best and proves once again why Peter Jackson was the right man for the job despite all the issues surrounding this “unexpected journey” back to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.
This is an absolute must-see film, and if you have the chance to experience it in high-frame rate, go for it, you won’t regret it!
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – In Cinemas December 26!