in about 100 words or less
New Zealand / US 144m, Colour
Director: Peter Jackson; Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom
The Battle of the Five Armies lives up to its name, as much of this film consists of an extended battle sequence in which the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins plays a minimal role. Lacking any real emotional depth and magnitude which one would expect from the final installment of a trilogy of films, the action sequences may be fun to watch, but overall, the source material feels thinly stretched. Though many fans of Jackson’s film adaptations of Tolkein’s Middle Earth welcome every minute of these films, Bilbo’s memoirs, simply entitled “There and Back Again” work better as a children’s book as was originally envisioned (Klaus Ming December 2014).