The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

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Peter Jackson directs the sixth and final movie involving Middle Earth In the action fantasy, The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. This story begins with the dragon Smaug (voice by Benedict Cumberbach) destroying Laketown until he is finally killed by Bard (Luke Evans) with a black arrow. (I’m still not sure why the color of an arrow makes a difference.) With Smaug dead, everyone wants his treasure from the mountains and the fighting begins. First, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) turns against the friends who have been helping him just so he can have all the treasure himself. Billbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) tries to help Bard by giving him the Arkenstone that he smuggled out of Eretor. Billbo wants Bard to give the stone to Thorne to help negotiate for peace. In the meantime, with armies battling each other Gandolf (Ian McKellen) is captured but is soon rescued by Lady Galadriel (Cate Blanchett). (I hope this isn’t too confusing.) The movie concludes with an army of giant eagles swooping in to keep the peace in Middle Earth. This is a quick synopsis of the plot but the long title actually explains everything. There is one Hobbit, long battles and yes, five armies. Okay, there’s a lot more in the giant humanoid section, dwarves, elves and a dragon that is killed in the first five minutes. It’s no secret that fantasy isn’t my favorite genre, but surprisingly, I liked this film. Maybe it’s because this is the final Middle Earth film and it has the shortest running time of the six films at two hours and 20 minutes. (I didn’t even have to tap my way to the restroom halfway through a 3-hour movie.) This had a 45-minute action scene with great sound effects and music that actually provided quiet time for dialogue. The story was somewhat easy to follow and the production was top notch as usual. (Yes, it’s your friendly blind movie critic writing this review.) I think this is the best Middle Earth film to date and I’m giving it a B+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.