If you read our page and our reviews regularly, you will have notice we are not the biggest fans of the previous two Hobbit films. Many problems shoot to mind when we start talking about the films; the average CGI in the film is a big concern throughout the first two films which is absolutely frustrating as Peter Jackson used mostly practical effects for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and that’s what made it feel so real. The other problems included characters in the first two Hobbit films weren’t interesting enough to make us care about the characters, unlike with Lord of the Rings; and it is a massive shame that we did not enjoy the first two parts of this trilogy because we are big fans of Lord of the Rings, but we can breathe a sigh of relief as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the Hobbit film that we have been waiting for.
The story follows straight on from The Desolation of Smaug where we see Lake Town being terrorized by Smaug the dragon that was unleashed at the end of the second film. Along with that, the dwarves and Bilbo Baggins are left to watch on. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is hugely enjoyable; mistakes that were made from the first two films seem to of been repaired which includes shortening the running time of the film with this one being the shortest in the trilogy at two hour and twenty minutes, there is action galore throughout the film and watching the battle towards the end is a delightful watch for anyone. The end battle scene is most likely the only time in the whole trilogy where I have been transfixed on the screen; I just couldn’t take my eyes of it. That’s where you have to tip your hat to Peter Jackson, to which he has created this incredible journey and a world to which a lot of people thought it would be impossible to ever show on the big screen.
There isn’t a great deal wrong with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the only major issue I have with the film is the appearance of Billy Connolly in the film, and when I say Billy Connolly, it’s not him. Well, it is him, but completely CGI’d which was absolutely infuriating but at the same time, so horribly bad I wanted to cry of laughter. Peter Jackson can be very proud of his achievements of his take of Middle Earth over-all and has delivered a great ending to a so-so trilogy. A much improved CGI spectacle, packed full of riveting action and a compelling story. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies gets four out of five stars.