RATED: PG-13 (extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images)
3D IS STUNNING
RPX IS A MUST (IF POSSIBLE SEE IN HFR AS WELL)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the five armies (directed by Peter Jackson) was one my highest anticipated films of the year, and it met its expectations. Once again, the performances are stellar from Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Richard Armitage (Thorin), Aidan Turner (Kili), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), and everyone else in the massive cast. The film follows Bilbo and the thirteen dwarves’ adventure to kill Smaug and make Thorin the leader of Erebor, but a little corruption and a lot of greed make the film burst into all out war. The special effects are stellar (as always) and Peter Jackson’s direction is masterful. The cinematography is genius, making sure to show as much as it can in each shot without making the audience dizzy. The battles are on an epic scale and deliver in every way. The film is its most impressive when thousands of soldiers are battling on the screen, every CGI texture looking as brilliant as the next. The film’s only flaw was that the first ten or so minutes really could have been in the end of the second Hobbit film. It was a bit confusing, I had to give myself a minute to remember the characters and where we were left since it had been a year since I saw The Desolation of Smaug. It would have been nice to have a little “previously on the Hobbit” in the intro. This film is also worth seeing in HFR, HFR doubles the frame rate of a standard film (24 fps to 48 fps), it looks amazing during scenes where a lot is going on. In the beginning, the HFR was tough to get used to, but once I got used to it, I loved it. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a must see for fans of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series, and one of the best films of the year.