Five Reasons You’ll Love It - December 9, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Five Reasons You'll Love It

Six films, over a billion dollars spent, over four billion dollars grossed, thousands of actors, hundreds of thousands of effects shots and it all adds up to this, the final chapter of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

The Desolation Of Smaug left the company of dwarves and one little hobbit inside the mountain of Erebor. They’d tried not to disturb Smaug, the enormous, dragon, but had not succeeded; he was awake and very angry and heading for Lake Town.

This time round, they’ve obviously got the dragon to deal with, but there’s a far more pressing matter at hand, war. The Orcs are on the march and heading for the mountain, so are the elves and so are the men of Lake Town, all culminating in the battle of all battles.

The film rolls into cinemas on Friday (December 12th), we caught an early screening and present five reasons you’ll love it…

 

It’s basically one big battle…

The title doesn’t lie. There’s about half an hour of business to take care of, then it’s on to the epic battle between the dwarves, elves, orcs and men of Lake of Town. The sides change more often than the weather in March, but it’s always engrossing.

 

It’s full of stunning visual turns…

Some of the battle sequences are just incredible, set across New Zealand’s spectacular vistas, with thousands of bodies flying across the screen. You’ll be captivated throughout the film.

 

It’s full of excellent performances…

The limelight is shared, but all of the key cast in this flick are on superb form. Richard Armitage delivers a powerhouse turn as Thorin, both his demented and heroic selves, while Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom bring plenty of steel and stoicism. A real highlight is Lee Pace’s Thraindul, who is deliciously pomp and grand in every one of his moments on screen.

 

It ends a lot more quickly than the Return Of The King…

The final Lord Of The Rings film is a borderline masterpiece, but it does have the world’s longest ending. This trilogy ends far more swiftly, with only a few additional scenes after the conclusion of the battle. It’s also an ending that ties together this trilogy with the Lord Of The Rings very neatly.

 

It’s a worthy final chapter…

For a book that’s just over 300 pages long, Peter Jackson has done very, very well to mine three lengthy films out of it. That said, even if the trilogy’s first film felt a bit like one long prologue, the action and pace of the final two have more than made up for it.

 

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will be released into cinemas on December 12th and on DVD in the new year.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Peter Jackson
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Official Main Trailer [HD]

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