Sadly, the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings era has come to a close with Writer/Director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
And, indeed, the battle scenes are outstanding and make this second part of what might-have-been/could-have-been, perhaps should-have-been a one, instead of a two-part, film a must-see for all fans of the franchise.
The only unfortunate aspect is that the writing team did not pay attention to the title and diluted the impact with much too much time spent on the psychological breakdown of the Dwarf King Thorin. By the time he recovers, we really don’t care about him or his fate. There are too many other heroes and heroines to root for.
The standouts are Luke Evans as Bard, who saves his townspeople, Kate Blanchett as Galadriel the Elvin Queen, Orlando Bloom as the Elvin Prince, Evangeline Lilly as the Elvin warrior and Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit and, most of all, the entire crew, who brought this and all the other parts of this great saga to the screen.
I give The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies a 4 out of 5.