The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has loads of action and the story telling is so rushed that it leaves you high and dry.
Much of the new film concerns the moral journey of Thorin, the dwarf leader, played by Richard Armitage. It’s one example of many why director Peter Jackson’s splitting of one novel into three books was a bad idea except financially.
The movie expects the audience to track that Thorin started off a good guy in the first two parts. But here we see him only as a menacing figure, driven half-mad by greed and the pursuit of treasure.
For some, the action might be entertaining, but there is a curious lack of horror in the fights. In The Return Of The King every knife stab or decapitation looked like it really hurt, this time it feels like the violence was toned down to appeal to a wider audience, and it doesn’t offer the same impact.
Now that it’s over, finally, we can see that all three parts of The Hobbit told a very simple story: Bilbo, a hobbit, is recruited by dwarfs to help them steal treasure from a dragon. They do, but then end up in a big battle with scary, evil orcs. That’s it.
That’s what it took three movies and eight hours of screen time to tell.
Whether or not you liked the previous Hobbit movies, you’re going to end up in theaters to catch The Battle of the Five Armies.
The journey in this case is boring, just not thrilling enough, but may still passably entertaining.
Frankly, walking out of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies the emotion I felt most was relief.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the most uninteresting movie of this trilogy as it lacks soul and is saddled with a terrible 3D effect. ...2.0