So I’ve been waiting for this moment since 3 years ago when the first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released. The question that will always be on every hardcore fan’s mind would be, was it worth the wait? Well I had the chance to get that question answered ahead of everyone else.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company 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, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
And so it comes down to this final film to complete the first trilogy to this Middle-earth saga. It does remind you of the same epic-ness the Starwars trilogy had. Well after the cliff hanger of the last movie I was really excited about this picking up from where it left off except to be slightly disappointed. I thought the opening sequence could have been included in the last film instead.
I started to get the sense that they were really milking this franchise and it was slightly unnecessary. Honestly it felt a little patchy at times. This film mind you is the shortest out of all the Middle-earth films. I could not help but think that perhaps they could have easily condense 3 films into just 2 films. In fact that was the original plan.
The positives from this is how every character has their moment to shine and that isn’t easy when it comes to movies of such a scale. You get some very good CGI, which while it can be heavy it was still very enjoyable.
I’d strongly encourage you to watch this film in 3D because it makes the experience so worth it. And of course with the way it ends, you can’t help but want to pick it up with the Lord of the Rings trilogy on Bluray. Haha might be a holiday idea for you there.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I still feel 2 films might have been a better idea but hey, that’s Hollywood.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in cinemas 18 Dec
Images courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures Singapore
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