"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" (2014) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #149 Gem Mint 10.0


“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies“ (2014)

Director: Peter Jackson

Writer: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly

Rated: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images (THEATRICAL) - R for some violence (EXTENDED)

Runtime: 2h 24m (theatrical) 2h 43m (extended)

Genre: Adventure | Action | Drama | Fantasy

Country: New Zealand | United States

Language: English

Available on: Various VOD platforms


"Bilbo and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness."


You might like this if you like: Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien, 'The Lord of the Rings', Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly


(I insist on watching the EXTENDED EDITIONS)


Also read my 'Lord of the Rings' reviews / 'The Hobbit' 1 & 2 for full story


Also spoilers

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' (2014)


Peter Jackson is one of my favorite action directors. He just reminds me with this one, what he’s best at. It’s got everything. A little of everything that Peter Jackson is superb at. Action, horror, comedy, fantasy, drama and blending it all together. And technology. It’s one hell of a ride and a visual masterpiece. Once again, this might be my favorite of ALL of the Extended Edition Middle Earth films because it’s rated R and Peter Jackson gets to go full Peter Jackson in some really incredible moments that take him back to his horror/comedy roots, but with a much higher budget and way bigger toys! It’s an absolute blast and really my only recommended way of watching the film:


The opening sequence alone is a masterpiece in itself. One of the best dragon scenes and Smaug is in full on kill mode slaughtering everything in his path. It really shows him more side by side our past cinematic dragon experiences and shows how freaking huge he is. Knowing his intellect from the previous film makes him all the more menacing and terrifying to me.



Ian McKellen in 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' (2014)


I will say the title of this film led me to believe there would be a bit of a crazier battle than the one we go in the end, well okay it was pretty crazy with the R rating, but I guess it didn’t have the scale I was hoping for that I felt I got in ‘The Return of the King’, but it was still exciting to watch and the little details and character moments we got made up for a lot of that.

I think this one did a good job at wrapping up the story they telling, I was even tearing up when Bilbo was saying goodbye to the Dwarves. I think this was ended up being more on the fun action packed side. Though Evangeline Lilly’s performance got me good in the end. She’s just all around great in this series. Both she and Orlando Bloom had some outrageously fun fight scenes to watch in this, but the Hobbits took the glory in the R rated cut.


Richard Armitage in 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' (2014)


Thranduil, played by Lee Pace who I also love in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, in action was really freaking awesome! His choice of animal he rode and the sequences Peter Jackson had him do were some of the best moments I’ve ever seen in an action film. If you like over-the-top-action… it’s hilarious and awesome all at the same time.


This movie also has one of the best wizard fights and Cate Blanchett steals the show. Seeing the great Christopher Lee one last time, and Hugo Weaving, fighting evil together is a movie in itself I would’ve paid money for. RIP Christopher Lee.


Martin Freeman in 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' (2014)


I do think it’s pretty outstanding what they pulled off with all the problems they had to begin with. They really are beautiful films inside and out. The production diaries tell the story of how rough it was to make this trilogy. I highly recommend checking them out. Especially if you want to be a filmmaker.


Written by Sam Gall on Nov 10, 2021


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, with much effect, delivers a satisfying ending to The Hobbit trilogy that never separates itself from the epic cinema or the Middle-Earth magic. [Full review in Spanish]" - Yasser Medina, Cinemaficionados


"While the action scenes are eye-popping, for me the film becomes something special in stiller moments, with the megalomaniac Thorin raving, questioning, justifying, swerving towards evil." - Stephen Romei, The Australian


"The final installment of the Hobbit trilogy is the best, featuring more spectacular action scenes as well as the series' most emotionally resonant moments." - Claudia Puig, USA Today


"Peter Jackson ends the story of The Hobbit with a lot of energy, passion and a satisfying ending. This latest installment is an audiovisual feast on the big screen. [Full review in Spanish]" - Fico Cangiano, CineXpress


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