It’s been 13 years, yes you heard it right…13 years, since the greatest film saga in history came to fruition with the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001), yet sadly we have reached the end of the road, and as with all good things, the ‘Middle Earth‘ saga must finally come to it’s conclusion.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) sees the conclusion of Peter Jackson‘s epic Academy Award-nominated, ‘Middle Earth‘ trilogy, which along with it’s ‘Lord of the Rings‘ counterpart, has become the most successful and critically-acclaimed film franchise in history – generating billions of dollars in revenue and accumulating an incredible and unprecedented seventeen Academy Awards, including three for it’s visionary Peter Jackson.
Leading straight on from the explosive final scene in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), ‘The Five Armies‘ sees the cunning and merciless dragon, Smaug, inadvertently unleashed upon the unsuspecting fishing village of Lake-town. Meanwhile Dwarf King, Thoran (Richard Armitage), who’s finally reclaimed his thrown inside the Lonely Mountain by unintentionally driving Smaug from the mountain and towards Lake-town, begins to fall victim to the ‘dragon sickness’. The same illness that drove his Grandfather mad and one that sees him become corrupted by gold and forsaking the promise he made to the people of Lake-town to share in the wealth of the mountain.
Despite the protests, from his fellow Dwarf kin as well as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), to honor his word, Thoran soon finds his newly reclaimed thrown under attack from not only the people of Lake-town but from the Elf King Thranduil (Lee Pace) and his highly skilled army, who seek lost Elvish jewels.
Blinded by their desire for the riches stored away inside the mountain, the three armies fail to see another army marching on the mountain, one that posses a much greater threat to each and every one of them. The evil Lord Sauron has dispatched an army of Orcs and other foul creatures to stake claim on the treasure and destroy everything, and everyone, in their way.
With the battle for Middle Earth imminent, it’s up to Bilbo and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to unite the armies of Dwarves, Elves, and Men by any means necessary, to fight together against Sauron and his army if they are to stand any chance of survival.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is an truly epic conclusion to this breathtaking franchise that has so far defined Twenty-first Century cinema – and with first-class special effects never-before-seen on screen, a cast born to play these iconic and timeless characters, and a creative team who’s unwavering devotion to this franchise has helped breath life into the magical world that is ‘Middle Earth’, I’ve no doubt J.R.R. Tolkien would have been extremely proud of how is literary masterpiece has been immortalized on film.