The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Though somewhat overwhelmed by its own spectacle, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ends Peter Jackson's second Middle-earth trilogy on a reasonably satisfying note.



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From Academy Award (R)-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "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 tohoard 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. (c) Warner Bros

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Martin Freeman
as Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen
as Gandalf
Richard Armitage
as Thorin Oakenshield
Ian Holm
as Bilbo Baggins (old)
Elijah Wood
as Frodo Baggins
Cate Blanchett
as Galadriel
Lee Pace
as Thranduil
Stephen Fry
as Master of Laketown
Luke Evans
as Bard the Bowman
Barry Humphries
as Goblin King
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Necromancer/Smaug
Ken Stott
as Balin
Ryan Gage
as Alfrid
Sarah Peirse
as Hilda Bianca
Conan Stevens
as Keeper of the Dungeons
Erin Banks
as Lobella Sackville Baggins
Brian Hotter
as Otho Sackville Baggins
Timothy Bartlett
as Master Worrywort
Merv Smith
as Tosser Grubb
Martin Kwok
as Voice Of Ragash
Olof Johnsson
as Voice of Creature
Jon Olson
as Voice of Creature
Otep Shamaya
as Voice of Creature
Debra Wilson
as Voice of Creature
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  • This is comfortably straightforward hokum -- which is to say that Jackson, for all his delusions of grandeur, remains a bit of a hobbit at heart.

    Jan 6, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Untold manpower, pixels, and money culminate in the gangbusters final installment. It can't redeem the useless tedium of the first two, which exist for gargantuan profits and structural necessity.

    Dec 19, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Well, at least there won't be another one for a while.

    Dec 19, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • It's adequately visionary, it's routinely spectacular, it breathes fire and yet somehow feels room-temperature.

    Dec 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It plays out as if someone chucked a whole bunch of carefully detailed Warhammer figurines into a centrifuge -- goblins, goats, dwarfs, wizards and wolves bouncing off one another in waves of alternating tedium and punishment.

    Dec 18, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a big, bold, schizophrenic pageant that still manages to work on a surprising number of levels -- creative liberties and indulgences be damned.

    Dec 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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