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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (2014) Movie Reviews

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03/15/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Zu Hause

Der schreckliche Krieg der fünf Heere, in Tolkiens Kinderbuch nimmt er ein Kapitel ein - In Jacksons Umsetzung ein Drittel seines gesamten Epos. Die Szenen sind eine Wucht und werden kräftig ausgedehnt, der Logik folgend, das Buch in drei Filme aufzugliedern. Wie aber gelangen wir von A nach B? Wie funktioniert die wahre Geschichte? Und ganz entscheidend: Kümmert uns das überhaupt? Welche Rolle spielt Bilbo Baggins (Beutlin) in dem Schlachtengetümmel überhaupt? Tolkiens Vorlage ist eine humorvolle Geschichte mit düsterem Hintergrund. Im Mittelpunkt selbst der spannendsten Szenen erleben wir Bilbo, der so häuslich ist und sich wundert, wie er in das ganze Schlamassel hinein geraten konnte. Nach einer gefühlten Ewigkeit kommt im Film der erste witzige Moment von Martin Freeman alias Bilbo. ...


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04/22/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Wannabe LOTR heavy on heroics and hubris.

For better or for worse, Peter Jackson made an entire TRILOGY of epic fantasy movies based off The Hobbit, a children's book that could easily been told in a quarter of that scale yet here we are with "Battle of the Five Armies". It's the shortest film of the entire franchise and is essentially one drawn out climax or a series of climaxes.
Those expecting a great deal of screentime from Smaug, the best realized character from this trilogy, will be sorely disappointed. But the movie remains entertaining with some well done battle sequences and visual spectacle to satisfy both hardcore fans and casual viewers alike. While a number of cgi shots are painfully obvious, I'm happy to see that the motion-capture effects for certain characters work very well.
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01/10/2015 (1 of 2 found this helpful)

entertaining but so many faults with it

first of this is a very critical review but the movie is entertaining and most will enjoy it for 2 hours but its a disapointing end to a dssappointing trilogy this the 3rd in the trilogy and the last of the hobbit movies and lord of the rings it isn't. there are many many faults with this movie , peter jackson obviously didn't care as much this time.
its called battle of the 5 armies though i only counted a small army of elves a number of dwarfs and the orcs. and some farmers. whos the other 2 ? it starts with smaug the dragon and his attack on the city which comes to end with a wimper. then the movie starts with thorin the dwaft suffering with the gold fever and basically acting like smeagol did over the precious but with a serious not much to it attitude. meanwhile a army of elves ...

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01/08/2015 (1 of 2 found this helpful)

The Eagles can't save this one.

As much as I love fantasy (and sci-fi) sometimes I'm unable to just let things go and say "ooo wasn't that neat" I need something I can hang my brain on from a logical progression stand point. And there are wayyyyyy too many instances of what I can only guess at the director and writers saying exactly that before filming. "Wouldn't it be neat if...." the whole of Lake Town burning to the ground, yet the highest place in town, the most visible, the spot from which the horrible dragon Smaug would see first, is left standing (despite the fact that fire travels upward first) so the imprisoned Dale of Laketown can escape his cell, run on the rooftops to this vantage point and using his son as a guiding point......well yeah. And as it is a Peter Jackson film you need to have...

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Chris Kavan
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12/22/2014 (4 of 4 found this helpful)

Action Overload, Pure Fun

Although The Hobbit trilogy, in my mind, is a pale imitation of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Ring Trilogy, it is still a pretty grand fantasy epic in its own right. Though the first film was a bit meandering, things picked up with the Desolation of Smaug and for Battle of the Five Armies, things pretty much turn to all-out action. Yet even amidst the many battles - there is still time for some rather introspective moments. Not everything works, but I think things wrapped up rather nicely and if this is indeed the last trip to Middle-Earth, things end on a good note.

We start with a big action scene right off the bat - the dragon Smaug, awakened, attacks Laketown, laying waster with his fire. As people struggle to escape, including the unscrupulous Master of Laketown (Stephen Fry) it fal...

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12/21/2014 (1 of 3 found this helpful)

The Obligatory Battle of at Least Five Armies

The Hobbit trilogy is hard to think of in a vacuum. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was made, and is far the superior effort. Even aside from that, the decision to stretch The Hobbit to three films was, now famously, an arguably poor one. Most of the material added to the original book (which was, of course, relatively short and much more a children's book than LOTR), was taken from Tolkien's footnotes, appendices, etc. (Not so, the rabbits.) So, there is a basis for most of what was added, and I suppose Jackson wanted to create a darker vision than the book, while also tying into the LOTR movies. The result, though, is a bloated, uneven trilogy, which felt forced at times. (The second movie was by far the best of the three.)
This, the closing movie, and presumably Jackson's ...

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12/20/2014 (3 of 3 found this helpful)

Less Filler, More Killer

'The Hobbit' trilogy reaches it's fitting conclusion. As with 'Return of the King', this third part ends our long journey in grand fashion. Battles upon battles. Lots of PG-13 carnage that doesn't feel watered down. What we've come to expect. The 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy was three parts of one story, but they were all separated enough narratively to work as proper standalone films. Here, it's plainly obvious that all three 'Hobbit' films are just acts 1, 2, and 3 of one extremely long movie. That's been my only major problem with the series. There's so much unneeded filler in the first two installments that it dampens the experience for me. So much extra content is explained that doesn't even matter to the story at hand, and is only present because it was in a 'LOTR' written t...

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12/17/2014 (2 of 3 found this helpful)

Basically A Giant Action Sequence

If “The Hobbit Trilogy” is the poor man’s “Lord of the Rings Trilogy,” then The Battle of the Five Armies is the poor man’s Return of the King; and I do think that is a fitting comparison. This sixth entry into the well-known fantasy franchise represents the final act of its individual trilogy in much the same way that Return of the King represented the finale for the previous trilogy.

This latest trip to Middle Earth is basically a giant action sequence, complete with giant monsters, siege-worthy citadels and what feels like a lot more then five armies (I counted eight.) The grandiosity shown is exactly the sort one wants for what is currently the final Lord of the Rings movie, and Jackson brings all of the toys out to play. The actual center arc for this flick may be the strongest...

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Matthew Brady
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12/12/2014 (3 of 3 found this helpful)

"I can't believe all this is behind us."

Time to say goodbye to middle earth for the last time.

The story is about Dwarven party led by Thorin Oakenshield finally reclaims their kingdom of Erebor, the vast treasure draws out now only the wrath of Smaug but also the army of men and elves, who want the fortune for their own.

Let me give you a quick feed back of the other two films then to this one. A unexpected Journey I thought was pretty amazing... when I first sawed it, after a couple of watchers later it's not as amazing as the first time, but I still enjoyed it even with the problems showing. Desolation of smaug in my opinion was way better and way more fun and better film paste then Unexpected Journey, and Smaug as the villain was icing on the cake. Now we got Battle of the Five Armies and I can conform that the movie ...

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