The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Teresa Medina, Staff Writer

Bilbo Baggins’ journey was brought to an end in the final movie of the Hobbit trilogy. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is an action packed film that has lived up to its high expectations.

Peter Jackson turned J.R.R. Tolkien’s book “The Hobbit” into a three part film which consists of a total of about eight hours. Jackson’s alteration has some very distinct parts when compared to the book. However, the story line and characters are pretty similar to one another. Thankfully, Middle Earth is evident in the movie and the book.

Jackson ends The Hobbit series in middle earth with Orc, Elf, Dwarf and Man fighting one another. The Orcs are out for blood while the Dwarfs are protecting their riches. Man wants only to rebuild their village. The Elfs are out to gain what was once theirs. Each faction is interested in a different item which conflicts with the other creatures.

The story line picks up where The Desolation of Smaug left off. The setting is focused on the Lonely Mountain unlike the previous two movies. The battle is smoothly choreographed by Jackson which helps distract the watcher from realizing that Baggins is absent for part of the film. The visuals are very strong giving every little detail of the dramatic battle.

The plot kind of strays away from its path in The Battle of the Five Armies due to all of the little sub stories. A love story, greed, side quest and schemes are part of the sub plot that does little justice for the original story line.

The Battle of the Five Armies is probably the best movie out of the three. Although Bilbo is almost entirely absent, the storyline is carried out till the final minute of the movie. The Hobbit is expertly connected as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings as the film comes to a conclusion.