To be honest, we are not really not the biggest fans of the previous two films that came before in the 'The Hobbit' directed by Peter Jackson, but we did enjoy to some extent with both and we expected something similar to happen with 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', from 2015, especially since it all made one think of an epic entertainment that, even if only bursts, could rival what was achieved over a decade ago with 'The Lord of the Rings'.
Nor is it that we expected a miracle and found a great movie, something that Jackson might have achieved if he had adapted the original work in a single feature film, but what we were reluctant to believe is that 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' could be the worst film of the six set in Middle Earth. Unfortunately, what is being sold as the definitive chapter of the story is nothing more than an exhausting feature film in which you even feel sorry to perceive the absolute decline of the saga.
The fact that the really important fights were reserved for the final delivery gave a great advantage to 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' over the previous two installments, as Jackson had demonstrated at the time a great ability to show in screen battles between the different species that inhabit Middle-earth, but what seemed an important asset in their favor has ended up being one of their biggest problems, since the film never gets us really interested in what can happen to the protagonists, so our emotional involvement during their death struggles borders on the null.
Nor does it help too much that Jackson put so much effort into replicating what he achieved in 'The Lord of the Rings', since this only manages to further highlight the lack of personality of a trilogy that has completely betrayed the tone of Tolkien's original story to give much importance to its prequel nature. This sacrifice has caused that the real dramatic axis does not have enough weight, and it is a shame, because precisely Thorin's evolution is the only thing that managed to capture our interest, although only for a while, since that is lost after the ridiculous scene employed by Jackson to justify his change of mind.
The most striking of all is that the battle that the title refers to ends up being so heavy, because by the time it has started we had already completely disconnected from the problems of the characters and the strategies of each side to emerge victorious. That lack of empathy is further aggravated by Jackson's marked tendency to saturation during the fighting.
As expected, Jackson takes advantage of the usual resources of his staging - those aerial planes could not be missing while he was behind the cameras - and we will not deny that he manages to create a plane with an unquestionable visual appeal - it would be incredible not to do so counting on as many means as he has had at his disposal - but it is far from being a sufficient reward for the indifference we felt during 99% of his footage. In the end that is really important, since all its visual display is at the service of an empty and soulless product.
In short, 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' is an empty, tired and redundant film that fails with a crash as much as the closing of the trilogy as in its attempt to make it clear that it is a prequel to 'The Lord of the Rings' and also in its nature of luxurious pastime. Until never, Middle Earth, we will not miss you.
Genres: Action , Adventure , Fantasy | Duration: 144 min | Year: 2014
Cast: Martin Freeman , Ian McKellen , Richard Armitage , Evangeline Lilly , Luke Evans , Lee Pace , Benedict Cumberbatch , Ken Stott , Aidan Turner , Dean O'Gorman , Billy Connolly , Graham McTavish , James Nesbitt , Stephen Fry , Ryan Gage