RELEASE DATE: December 17, 2014
(3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
STUDIO: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Pictures)
DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson
MPAA RATING: PG-13 (for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images)
SCREENWRITERS: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens,Guillermo del Toro
STARRING: Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman,Stephen Fry, Jed Brophy, Christopher Lee, Orlando Bloom,Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Lee Pace,Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, John Bell,Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner, Manu Bennett, Lawrence Makoare
Let’s get ready to rumble ! Bilbo and the Dwarves have freed up the Dwarves ancestral home from the clutches of Smaug. Only this has set the mighty dragon loose on the nearby countryside inhabitants. Now, with Smaug running rampant and Thorin succumbing to a mind bending gold madness, and elven, human and orc armies descending on the fortress and laying a claim to the treasure within how will the merry band of adventurers handle it all ?
The action is fantastic in this film and there’s a butt load of it. It’s easily the best of the Hobbit trilogy as the pacing is great and keeps it from having dull moments like the two previous entries. I do think there should’ve been more time spent on the Smaug fight as he was set up last film as a big deal. Of course Peter Jackson is in his comfort zone directing this film and it turns marvelosly. The special effects are good but not as strong as I would like. The 3-D isn’t necessary but I’m sure someone will love it’s inclusion. The acting is solid as is par for the course in these movies with the cast picked perfectly.
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (I only counted four) is a fantasy nerds wet dream. It’s littered with action, elf ears and short guys with big beards. Peter Jackson has done it again (and hopefully for the last time).