The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

WRITTEN BY: Peter Jackson
DIRECTED BY: Peter Jackson
STARRING: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly
RATING: 3 stars

In the final instalment of the Hobbit films, we see the final chapters of J. R. R. Tolkien's book brought to the screen. The problem, which was established in the original film and remains true to the end, is that we do not need three films to tell the story and it would have packed a far stronger punch had it been condensed into one, or maybe two, films. Due to the nature of what happens in those final chapters, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is not in the film enough because it is focussed so much on a battle involving various characters who are all given way too much screen time. True Hobbit fans could talk your ear off whining about the changes made to suit the film including additional characters and scenes. But those fans and people unfamiliar with the book can still find some enjoyment in the series. Like its predecessors, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is visually spectacular and for many, that it all that matters.