Review: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

The strange thing about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the last part of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the short children’s fantasy novel The Hobbit, is that the film starts with the book’s climax. For about two and a half hours, The Battle of the Five Armies is all fallout, with various factions jockeying over ownership over a wealth of treasures. Jackson patiently lays out the stakes, including disagreements on massive and intimate scales, yet he once again pads out the action with unnecessary comic relief, superfluous action, and more damn elves.

Continue reading