By Sandra Kraisirideja
Perhaps dwarves are not as cuddly as hobbits. Whatever the reason, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, lacks the emotional core that made the Lord of the Rings series so endearing.
The final installment in the Hobbit franchise is visually impressive and the landscapes of Middle Earth are still breathtaking. While it’s fun to return to Middle Earth and see familiar faces from the Lord of the Rings, it doesn’t make up for a weak script.
Jackson is once again in the director’s chair guiding a script penned with help from wife, Fran Walsh, and frequent collaborator Philippa Boyens. Guillermo del Toro is credited as with the other two Hobbit films.
The cast features Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee, Luke Evans, and Stephen Fry.
Jackson said in a Los Angeles Times article that the final movie would be more like a two-hour climax since the previous two films had focused more on plot. The action does start immediately and hardly lets up. The “battle” in the title is the focus of this movie.
It begins with the siege on Laketown by the Smaug, the dragon who is awakened at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and then after a brief moment of calm the five armies begin to amass for battle.
Once the fighting starts it hardly lets up and the creative teams over at Weta Workshop, which has been responsible for all the creature creations since the first Lord of the Rings, has come up with some interesting new bad guys that are even more scary than the original Orcs.
Jackson has tried his best to replicate the magic he was able to create with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the Hobbit series falls short.