The final chapter for the really quite underwhelming Hobbit trilogy by Peter Jackson comes to a close with The Battle of the Five Armies. Those familiar with the book (and in fairness, we’ve had 77 years to get caught up) will know which factions constitute the titular five armies. I don’t though. But whoever they are, I expect the liberal application of CGI will give them form.
Perhaps I’m coming down too hard on An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug. But despite the fact there’s a mere decade separating Peter Jackson’s seminal trilogy and his latest, there’s an entire middle-earth worth of difference in the quality.
I’m not saying they’re Transformers bad. Hell, I’m not even saying they’re legitimately bad. But there’s a certain absence in The Hobbit flicks to date, they lack a certain subtle magic, ironically, that so bolstered The Lord of the Rings.
I don’t expect The Battle of the Five Armies (formerly There And Back Again) to represent a massive jump in quality, primarily because these films were shot back to back. From the looks of things however, there should be ample spectacle in this final volume to distract me from this fact.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies launch their campaign upon cinemas on December 12th 2014.