The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 27 mins

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This film is based on the book 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' and is the epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film concludes the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins, who joins the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly

Crew: Peter Jackson (Director), Andrew Lesnie (Director of Photography), Howard Shore (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Release Dates: 12 Dec 2014 (India)

Tagline: The Defining Chapter

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Did you know? When the Hobbit film series was in early development, it was planned as a two-film arc, with the second film subtitled There and Back Again. When the decision was made in July 2012 to extend the series to three films, this subtitle was still kept for the final film. However, in April 2014, Peter Jackson announced that the third film's subtitle had been changed to 'The Battle of the Five Armies'. The primary reasons for the change were that the titular battle is the central focus of the film, but also, as Jackson stated on his Facebook page, 'There and Back Again' felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo's arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced - after all, Bilbo has already arrived 'there' in the Desolation of Smaug. Read More
*SPOILER*  brilliant ,outstanding out of this world
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Brilliant movie,superb performance by every actor.Brilliant direction.Full to paisa vasool movie.

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Awesome Movie...#OneLastTime
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A well-done send-off to a decent film series
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So... That was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The final film in Peter Jackson's six-film Middle-Earth saga.

This may just be Jackson's most ambitious film yet. It has to work as a standalone film, it has to be the final part of a trilogy, and it has to be the bridge between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films. Ambitious?

Let me state for the record that I'm an enormous fan of the Lord of the Rings films. I consider them to be the best trilogy of all time. However, I didn't really have that same vibe with the Hobbit films. I admit, when I heard they would begin making more Middle-Earth films, I was excited. The thought of returning to Middle-Earth was exhilarating.

Then, in December 2012, the first Hobbit film has its release. I was disappointed. It may have been because I didn't know what to expect, but it certainly wasn't what I had hoped it would be. There was too much goofy humor, and it was close to putting me to sleep at times.

Come December 2013, The Desolation of Smaug is released. Looking back, I think that this film was intended to split audiences. This film deviated so much from its source material that, at times, I forgot what I was watching. Suddenly, there was a Dwarf-Elf love story, suddenly Thorin's company of Dwarfs split up, suddenly they're fighting Smaug, and then the film ends.

Now, here we are in 2014, with the conclusion to the Hobbit films, The Battle of the Five Armies. This film literally starts off where Desolation left off, with Smaug destroying Lake- Town. A breathtaking sequence. Beautiful visuals remind us that Thorin's actions will bring some devastating consequences.

However, the sequence loses me a bit by cutting away to the Master of Lake-Town and Alfrid, who I guess were meant to be comic relief, but I ended up wishing they'd die. Not because I didn't like their characters, but because I thought they were so annoying and distracting from the overall experience.

After a very Lord of the Rings-esque recovery scene, we meet Bilbo and Thorin's half company of Dwarfs at Erebor, and you can tell Thorin has changed. He's become sick with the aptly named Dragon Sickness, and Bilbo can tell that something isn't quite right about him. Little do they know that Azog (Who is, like, the evilest thing ever.) is marching towards Erebor, as well as the Elvenking 'Mr. Fabulous' Thranduil, is also moving towards Erebor, resulting in a literal clash of the titans.

What we end up with is an enormous battle, so large in fact, that it shares title with the film. And now is also when Peter Jackson displays his qualities and faults as a film director. He manages to makes his battles very intimate, despite the chaos that you see on the screen. However, he has shown a particular love for goofy stuff, and after three films, he finally almost got it. There still is goofiness for people who crave that, but for the rest of us it comes off as dumb excuses for cheap laughs.

But damn, this film has a lot of CGI. And some of it doesn't even look finished! Some sequences looked like video game cutscenes at best, and at points I had to take off my 3D glasses because I had no idea what was happening. Note to self: Never see a 3D film again.

However, all things must come to an end, and in this film, there are so many cases that are left unsolved, almost to the point where it baffled me. We're introduced to Thorin's cousin, Daín Ironfoot, who I'm pretty sure is a CGI version of Billy Connolly. Suddenly, he's gone, and we're left wondering where he went, and we never see what happens to them again. Same thing happens to Beorn, Tauriel, Bard, and *sigh* Alfrid, just to mention a few.

That's this film's main problem; It opened too many doors without shutting them. Does that analogy make sense? There's almost no resolution to any of the characters except for Bilbo, masterfully portrayed by Martin Freeman, by the way. For a film series called The Hobbit, he doesn't appear nearly enough. I'm looking at you, Tauriel! Get out of the frame!

In conclusion, this is a worthy final installment in The Hobbit Trilogy, and a film I consider to be the best of the three.

Pros: Great acting, well-directed battle sequences, Howard Shore (Need I say more?), good visuals.

Cons: Lack of resolutions, obnoxious characters, too much CGI, some cheesy moments.

All in all a fine holiday film. If you enjoyed the previous Hobbits, you'll like this one.

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Feeds the fanatics well, not the best of 3 but.
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies :
Middle earth showcased in all it's glory ‪#‎OneLastTime‬.
Smaug is slayed, Azog gets defiled, Bolg is bolstered with a boulder, Legolas' mesmerizing parkour, armored pigs and what not.
A visual treat tat too reliant on CGI compared to the legends of LOTR. Impeccable performances by almost all ( Luke Evans - meh ).
The climactic fights b/w Azog The Defiler - Thorin Oakenshield + Legolas - Bolg (Blink and u will miss it) is where the paisa gets wasool-ed.
The war for Erebor sure is awesome but cannot compete with the scales of Isengard / Minias Tirith.
The end credits (do not miss) infuses acute nostalgia and gets painful when u realize there is possibly no more.
Ian McKellen is and will always remain Gandalf _/\_.
Sir Peter Jackson Thank You for all the awesomeness _/\_.

3D - Awesome but not upto IMAX grade, @non fanatics 2D should do.

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*SPOILER*  visual wonder
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excellent

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as The Necromancer
as Tauriel
as Ori
as Kili
as Dain
as Lindir
as Galadriel
as Dwarf Lieutenant
as Saruman
as Laketowner
as Bolg
as Fili
as Frodo
as Dwalin
as Elrond
as Old Bilbo
as Gandalf
as Bofur
as Nori
as Laketowner
as Bain
as Oin
as Balin
as Thranduil
as Bard
as Azog
as Dori
as Braga
as Bilbo Baggins
as Tilda
as Legolas
as Sigrid
as Gloin
as Laketown Refugee
as Thorin Oakenshield
as Elros
as Laketown Refugee
as Alfrid
as Mayor of Michel Delving
as Feren
as Laketown Spy
as Bombur
as Radagast
as Bifur

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Key Grip
Gaffer

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby SR, DTS
Camera:
Red Epic, Red One
Frame Rate:
24 fps, 48 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.44 : 1 (IMAX), 2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
Shot in 3D
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Taglines:
The Defining Chapter
Trivia:
The battle sequence in this film is said to be a whopping 45 minutes long.

When the Hobbit film series was in early development, it was planned as a two-film arc, with the second film subtitled There and Back Again. When the decision was made in July 2012 to extend the series to three films, this subtitle was still kept for the final film. However, in April 2014, Peter Jackson announced that the third film's subtitle had been changed to 'The Battle of the Five Armies'. The primary reasons for the change were that the titular battle is the central focus of the film, but also, as Jackson stated on his Facebook page, 'There and Back Again' felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo's arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced - after all, Bilbo has already arrived 'there' in the Desolation of Smaug.

Several cast members kept props from the film, upon filming wrapped. Martin Freeman kept his sword and prosthetic ears, while Richard Armitage kept the original Orcrist-sword. Finally, Lee Pace kept his elven-sword, which he keeps in his umbrella stand.

Despite appearing in all three films of the trilogy, Cate Blanchett was on set for only eight days of the production.
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