Immediately after the events of The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo and the dwarves try to defend Erebor's mountain of treasure from others who claim it: the men of the ruined Laketown and the elves of Mirkwood. Meanwhile an army of Orcs led by Azog the Defiler is marching on Erebor, fueled by the rise of the dark lord Sauron. Dwarves, elves and men must unite, and the hope for Middle-Earth falls into Bilbo's hands.
Wraps Up On A Positive Note
Thorin Oakenshield, Bilbo Baggins, Smaug, The Arkenstone, The Necklace of Girion, Azog the Defiler. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies answers what happens to these characters and items in the final film of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.
Does the movie wrap everything up in a pretty bow for the fans? I say it doesn't, and we will have to wait for the extended edition to hit Blu-Ray to do that. It's unfortunate, because this film has what it takes to be the best of the three. Instead, it blends itself in with the other two, and I can't say for sure at this point which is the best of them. In any event, it is enjoyable and has some strong performances by Thorin (Richard Armitage) and Bilbo (Martin Freeman) onemoretime
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The Peter Jackson epic style is finally starting to show a little rust. If you haven't gotten your fill of his giant scale good vs evil battle scenes, then the Battle of the Five Armies may be your favorite film ever. It is basically one big long fight scene and Jackson has not changed his gears with battle scenes much since the Fellowship of the Ring. That said, the events he brings to the screen are top shelf in regard to choreography and presentation. Thus, even without any real story development, The Battle of the Five Armies is a fun watch for all to enjoy.