The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies (Review)


Duo-Wei Yang

This final installment of The Hobbit trilogy is packed with action and battle scenes, maybe even too much.

Following the second film, the Desolation of Smaug, the plot directly cuts into the fight to kill Smaug, the dragon and then plummets into a continuous series of conflict between the citizens of Laketown, Dwarves, Elves, and eventually, against the Orcs.

The packed action scenes of this movie with quality CG and shots are brilliantly done by Director Peter Jackson, but it lacks good character or emotional development.

Although the filmmakers did decide to add an additional elvin character, Tauriel, to add romantic spice and tension, the scenario does not particularly play a distinctive role in the plot and may offend devout J.R.R. Tolkien fans at the lack of loyalty towards the original series.

Not all the scenes lacked plot development, however. The last scene, where where Bilbo Baggins reflects on his discovering of a magic ring (which is actually the One Ring), smoothly sets the scene for the sequel, the Lord of the Rings, convincingly showing the chronological order of the Middle Earth Universe.

This is a well-shot action and fantasy war film, but it lacks character to allow for empathy.