Movie of the week: The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings saga will always have a special place for me personally. Granted, the prequel Hobbit series haven’t exactly measured up to the standards left by the original trilogy, but they have some meritorious entertainment value. Now, the entire Middle Earth franchise will come to a stirring conclusion with The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies. Picking up where The Desolation of Smaug left off, the company of Thorin Oakenshield have driven the dreaded dragon Smaug from the mountain, but at a terrible price. Now the challenge is holding on to it, while the armies of Middle Earth prepare for a conflict of epic proportions with the company of dwarves and Bilbo Baggins caught right in the middle of the storm.

What am I expecting to see?: This is a movie that is constantly promoting how epic it is in terms of sheer scope and size and it is said that this movie ends things on the highest note possible. The effects are supposedly better, there is talk about a 45 minute battle sequence, every loose end is supposed to be tied up and hopefully, this movie is worthy of being the defining moment of the Middle Earth franchise. There isn’t much to expect from the cast that hasn’t been seen before; Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellan, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lily are going to be solid. Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, Phillipa Boyens and Fran Walsh should be able to wrap the franchise and the tale of Bilbo Baggins in a nice bow this weekend.

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