The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the final installment in The Hobbit trilogy where we get to see everything come to ahead in a gigantic battle. Tons of characters are flying all over the place. The characters arcs are happening everywhere tie-ins to Lord of the Rings are happening everywhere, people are getting sliced and decapitated, there’s swords, there’s rings, there’s Arkenstones, there’s Dragons, there’s fire, a whole bunch of stuff and it’s pretty freakin cool.
You can tell that this movie is really perfect for a marathon viewing because not only does it tie very well into the last two films, but it ties very nicely with the beginning of the Lord of the Rings. It is the shortest Hobbit film so far, it’s actually normal epic movie length, it’s like 2 hours and 24 minutes. This one looks better. The special effects are not as noticeable as they were.
There is a ton of action in this movie. It does feel like Return of the King at times where bodies are just flying everywhere, heads are rolling all over the place. It’s long, it’s epic and Peter Jackson is excellent at directing action so that’s awesome. But the things that really stand out the most in this movie are the tiny nuances that Jackson’s so effortlessly puts in some of his characters. Most noteworthy is a relationship between Bilbo and Thorin. These guys are very complicated. Bilbo has the Arkenstone, he’s hiding it, Thorin really wants it and it’s starting to drive him mad almost like Gollum towards the ring. And Bilbo watching this and some of their conversations create some of the most interesting moments in the movie.
People who really love the books are gonna be disappointed by a lot of things in this movie because so much of this movie really is not like the book at all and most people knew that going in there’s tons of added characters, there is just a whole bunch of expanded stuff to really stretch one book in the three movies and you’re gonna have to deal with that.