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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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Bilbo and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.

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Peter Jackson

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Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... Gandalf
Martin Freeman ... Bilbo
Richard Armitage ... Thorin
Ken Stott ... Balin
Graham McTavish ... Dwalin
William Kircher ... Bifur
James Nesbitt ... Bofur
Stephen Hunter ... Bombur
Dean O'Gorman ... Fili
Aidan Turner ... Kili
John Callen ... Oin
Peter Hambleton ... Gloin
Jed Brophy ... Nori
Mark Hadlow ... Dori
Adam Brown ... Ori
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Storyline

After the Dragon leaves the Lonely Mountain, the people of Lake-town see a threat coming. Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. Meanwhile, Gandalf is rescued from the Necromancer's prison and his rescuers realize who the Necromancer is.

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Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images | See all certifications »

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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hobbit: There and Back Again See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,724,334, 12 December 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$255,119,788

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$956,019,788
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2.35 : 1
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In addition to the aforementioned Elf actors and actresses, several other cast members of Tolkien movies have been involved in Marvel films as well. Sir Ian McKellen appeared in X-Men (2000), while Dominic Monaghan appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), along with Danny Huston, whose father, John Huston, has played Gandalf. Sir Christopher Lee appeared in the original Captain America television series. Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in Doctor Strange (2016). John Rhys-Davies was the first actor to play Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin, in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989). Marton Csokas appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), and Richard Armitage appeared as Heinz Kruger in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Martin Freeman appeared as Everett K. Ross in Captain America: Civil War (2016). See more »

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In the beginning after Bard escapes from jail, he grabs his bow and quiver full of arrows which he throws over his back. As he runs across the roof tops the camera switches to a wide angled shot over Laketown where Bards quiver of arrows disappears as he runs across the rooftops holding just his bow. The next scene his quiver is back on his back again full of arrows. See more »

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Thranduil: Your mother loved you, Legolas, more than anything. More than life itself.
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Unequivocally Terrible
27 December 2014 | by knowinglygotebolaSee all my reviews

Peter Jackson, with this new trilogy, which adapts a somewhat long children's fairy tale into a three-part action epic, each movie being three hours long and delving into completely irrelevant stories that are only hinted at in Tolkien's body of work, has really destroyed his reputation as the Tolkien translator. He will always live in the shadow of The Lord of the Rings, which is a sumptuous, beautiful, heartrending, thrilling masterpiece.

I don't know what happened. But Jackson sacrificed tone, realism, characterization, and story when he adapted The Hobbit. It is unrecognizable as work by the same director.

There are so many problems with this trilogy and this movie that is nigh impossible to list them. Nearly every scene is a real travesty, and the whole operation is an affront to the source material and fans of LOTR. The movies make hyper-violent beheadings and mass slaughter into orgies of staged action sequences and dumb gags. The orcs, which are now entirely computer-generated, are no longer compelling or realistic, and they are seemingly significantly more fearsome than in LOTR... It takes what the audience understands about Middle Earth and makes it BIGGER, in a completely childish overextension of the original story, to make things even more epic! Were-worms and enormous bats - these don't exist in the larger and more climactic battle in LOTR, but sure, they existed back then, right? Sure! Jackson also turns characters into absolutely ridiculous flat caricatures. Thranduil, the bourgeois blue-blood riding an elk, Dain, Thorin's cousin, who rests his enormous high- pitched Scottish girth on a wild boar, the she- elf who falls in love with a dwarf... It's stomach churning how Peter Jackson has combined a love for extreme violence and an eye for juvenile gags and unbelievable characters, and in a beloved, classic setting.

This movie, once again, extends Legolas past human bounds, past elven bounds, past the bounds of Newtonian physics, as he sprints, newly cyan eyes shining, on falling bricks and hangs from bats. We get to watch dwarfs behead seiging armies of orcs, who are impotent to the blows of the tiny Olympians. Again, oh no!, Middle Earth is doomed, the age of men is over, (cue slow-motion shots of Gandalf looking stricken, Thorin killing orcs with Sparta kicks)... The feel, the script, the look is all taken from LOTR and rehashed with this cast of cardboard characters, in a badly rendered world of excess and fancy.

I expected mature film-making for thoughtful audiences expecting real characters living in a real world with a compelling story, but obviously that was too much to expect.

If one of the important themes of The Hobbit is the rejection of greed, as we can see personified by Thorin, then is it hypocritical that Hollywood has churned out three abominably shallow and violent films out of The Hobbit for the public's consumption? I think so. I hate what these films represent, and what they could have done.


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