If you want medieval battle scenes, then you got it, the best of the trilogy in that regard. Here is a first rate action picture that delivers with passion and enthusiasm.
The plot is simple: A group of armies do battle over a palace that hides an astounding supply of gold, the most ever shown in the movies. The palace originally belonged to the Dwarves who lost their ownership after a large fire breathing dragon named Smaug took over. In the previous chapter, it leaves the palace to attack residents in Lake City, that wonderfully imagined small town where boats are the main form of transportation. In the dragons absence, the dwarves and Bilbo the Hobbit(Martin Freeman) take over the palace as it slowly begins to cast a spell on Dwarf leader Thorin (Richard Armitage). Meanwhile Gandalf(Ian Mckellen), Elrond(Hugo Weaving), Galadriel(Kate Blanchett) encounter Sauron the evil spirit and his ghost knights in another location.
Now there are some movie reviews that complain about how Bilbo is not given enough attention. There are also reviews that complain about how the movie is not as good as the book. However with that said, shouldn’t a movie be appreciated for what is on the screen? The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is captivating escapism.
The computer graphic imagery continues to create fantastic landscapes with battles to paste them on. The scenery is grandiose with jutting mountains, creatures that burst out of the earth, pigs used like cavalry horses, and mountain goats with Dwarves mounted on them. Their motions are fluid, the action is creative, and it’s filled with excitement. One advantage that fantasy films have is that their violence can grow into surrealism. Instead of disturbing experiences, they are spectacles of art and graceful motions. Some are inventive and funny -this may be the only movie where a Troll intentionally uses his head to break into a city wall and then collapse unconscious afterwards. All this escalates into a final battle that takes on an icy lake where the Orcs prove how dangerous they can be.
This is a film of astonishing imagery. It is difficult to fault it based on comparisons with a book. It should be a simple matter of whether the subject matter attracts you. With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, director Peter Jackson demonstrates a mastery over his vision of the subject. And it is an engaging sight from start to finish.