Tom Folske| Staff Writer

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the latest, and likely the last film that will come out of director Peter Jackson’s Tolkien universe. It stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellan, and Orlando Bloom. The third installment of The Hobbit trilogy is a worthy of ending to such a long, and harrowing cinematic journey.

The Battle of the Five Armies bring us back to Middle-Earth once again to witness the journey of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and the motley crew of dwarfs they keep as company. It takes up right after the gripping cliffhanger of its predecessor and immediately jumps into action. Being that Smog is no longer under mountain because he has gone to Dale, things get complicated with a castle full of gold and many residents of Middle-Earth who would like their share. There is a delightful mix of fantasy and action with great visual effects that keeps the same feel and tradition of the other films and effectively brings us back to the Middle-Earth we know and love.

As you would expect, its caliber, the acting, the sets, and the cinematography are all magnificent. The fight scenes in this movie are epic, including one in which Bard has a confrontation with Smaug, and most of the scenes involving Legolas. Also, the character development is excellent, especially Ken Stott as Balin. This sequel tops it’s both of predecessors.

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However, if you have read the book, you might be wondering how it holds up. Well, it definitely keeps the feel of Tolkien’s novel for the most part, though it takes many liberties, especially because this whole film is based on the last few chapters of the book. Either way, as a reader of the book before seeing the film, it must be said that there was no disappointment felt. This movie was a very pleasant viewing experience. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a fitting conclusion to the Hobbit trilogy as well as a graceful farewell to the Tolkien cinematic universe.

I give this film 4/5 stars.