The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth concludes in part three of his adaptation of The Hobbit. With Smaug the dragon terrorising the citizens of Lake-town and dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield under the thrall of cursed gold, Bilbo Baggins finds himself at the centre of a battle to decide the fate of Middle-earth.

Smaug’s airborne assault sends human survivors fleeing to the ruins of Dale, where they encounter Elvish troops amassing to take on Oakenshield and his dwarf comrades. As the forces of evil make their way to the field of battle an epic confrontation beckons, one that will set in motion the events of The Lord of the Rings.

2014Rating: M, Fantasy violence144 minsNew Zealand, USA
AdventureFantasy

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Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

Opening with a hiss and a roar, The Battle of the Five Armies wastes no time getting stuck into some serious dragon destruction. This spectacular and chilling sequence could serve as a climax to plenty of other films, but in commencing proceedings here there's something immediate and confronting about it. This drops the audience in at the deep end with no build up, let alone meandering prologue (unless you count the preceding pics).

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Variety

Variety

If none of the Hobbit films resonate with "Rings'" mythic grandeur, it’s hard not to marvel at Jackson’s facility with these characters and this world...

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Total Film

Total Film

Even at its most talky, it's compelling stuff, reaping the rewards of characters built-up over two-and-a-bit movies...

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Time Out

Time Out

Jackson’s singular talent for massive-scale mayhem hasn’t deserted him, and the hour-long smackdown that crowns the film gives him ample opportunities to indulge it.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Having set the tone so definitively at the outset, each film delivered exactly what it promised.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The final stretch possesses a warm, amiable, sometimes rueful mood that proves ingratiating and manages to magnify the good and minimize the bad of the trilogy.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A fitting conclusion to Jackson’s prequel trilogy and a triumphant adieu to Middle-earth.

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