Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (AKA Hobbit 3)
This movie hewed closer to Tolkien than the other two Hobbit movies. I did like it. Three stars is a good rating.
For folks concerned about the length of the battle scene, I direct them to the title of the movie. Don’t go if you’re not ready to see dozens of different ways to slay orcs and humans, and elves and dwarfs. (But no non-sentient creatures were injured, I’m sure. Well, you know, except orcs.)
Some of the added characters had big roles in this movie (especially Legolas, who is not identified by name in The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien), but the identified characters followed the story arc of the book, except of course for Fili’s love connection with an elf (also extra-Hobbit). As in the book, Gandalf did next to nothing, and little old Bilbo Baggins saved the day.
Plenty of tie-ins to the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) movies which follow the Hobbit chronologically.
The technology is better, but the story telling was not quite at a level with the LOTR movies, perhaps because Peter Jackson et al. had less to work with.