The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies review


By Melanie Jenkins on January 15th, 2015

the-hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies_imagesWhat started off as a one book became a three part movie that brought new and old fans of Middle-Earth together. Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit trilogy featured stars such as Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Ian McKellen, and carried on its long standing legacy of having stunning cinematography.

In The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, the trilogy wrapped up nicely and left Lord of the Rings fans feeling satisfied for the most part. Winning an award for Heartland Film: Truly Moving Picture award – we all know what scene helped win this – The Battle of Five Armies was the perfect way to end The Hobbit trilogy, and ultimately pay respect to J. R. R. Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit.

The Battle of Five Armies helped bring a satisfying end to the character development that had been building up over the trilogy’s span.  Fans can forgive the additions of elves Legolas and Tauriel, even if they weren’t in the book, because of their well-crafted personalities. Characters such as The Bard and Orc Azog were given terrific backstories that really helped add to what the book skimmed over, though it did add to the movies’ already staggering lengths, and concepts like Gold Fever were explained more easily. From a storytelling standpoint, the movies were long, but immensely satisfying.

With the end of a great trilogy comes many saddened fans, but it’s time to look back and remember everything that happened: the good, the bad, the characters who survived and those that did not. Maybe in the future, The Lord of the Rings can see a revival like Star Wars, but for now it’s time to bid the Master Burglar farewell.