The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review
Directed by Peter Jackson
Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Bowen, Peter Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro
Based on J.R.R. Tolkien
Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom
The Battle of the Five Armies could have been the Revenge of the Sith of its disappointing prequel trilogy. The movie where, after two big misfires, the series reaches deep down inside itself to find quality that no one had any clue it had. It might not have been great, but it would have been better than what came before, and maybe even worthy of the title of “pretty good.” And while Battle of the Five Armies does fix a couple of the mistakes from those Hobbits that came before it, it focuses so much on wrapping up every running storyline from the series that it never grows a strong story of it’s own. Viewers are left with a tonally uneven film that has a lot of momentum, but no direction in which to point it, resulting in one final, dragon-sized disappointment.