While it lacks in stand-alone value is made up in its gaggle of spectacular set-pieces and a little story that directly leads into he Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring‘. At least the last prequel is a worthy companion piece to Peter Jackson’s much more superior trilogy.
It’s actually quite funny to see Jackson reflects himself into Thorin Oakenshield: Both has been suffering “dragon sickness”, a compulsive lust for gold. And thank God now Jackson can rest his tired mind, get on with new projects and move far, far away from the Middle Earth. [C]
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Directed by Peter Jackson Produced by Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (book, The Hobbit) 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, Orlando Bloom Music by Howard Shore Cinematography Andrew Lesnie Edited by Jabez Olssen Studio New Line Cinema/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/WingNut Films Running time 144 minutes Country New Zealand, United States Language English