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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Movie Review

Verdict - "A decent way to end a majestic franchise. Hobbit 3 is an incredible action-packed experience."

Two trilogies, six movies, one epic tale! It should be disheartening to see our very own beloved franchise finally concluding this time. Heroic stories were told in a spectacular way and we're lucky enough to experience everything in a theatre with the best visual effects possible. Here's my review for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies".

The movie kicks off with Smaug destroying Laketown in a barbaric fashion. Eventually the belittled hero of the town, Bard puts down the beast and a legion of orcs and elves start to wind up at Erebor, which is now jam-packed with gold and ruled by it's very own suzerain, Thorin.

Now the obvious question that battered our mind before the release was that, will this movie stand-out as a well structured narrative? Is there enough story left to make a movie out of it. Well! that ideally brings in my complaints about the movie, it did have few narrative issues.

At the outset, the subplots in the movie are pretty boring, I completely understand that all the characters must conclude sooner or later, but it was a little dreary. I didn't hate it, but the love angle between Tauriel and Kili and the character arc of Bard and his family didn't make an impact.

Also, identical to my previous argument, they're too many unwanted characters added in this movie which simply elongated the runtime with no definite reason. Are they vitally needed? There's no enduring reason. And it's also quite tough to keep up with these characters and remember them.

With all my complaints and arguments out-of-the-way, I can now say that the action in this movie was astounding. Although final act was a bit lengthy filled with all the awe-inspiring battle sequences and the dramatic scenes, it was still incredible to watch all the armies team up and going after the orcs and the director Peter Jackson did a fabulous job in displaying them perfectly and the overall structure for the final act really looked good.

Furthermore, I did observe the CGI in the movie was a little underwhelming. It didn't looked great mainly the orcs were appaling, little more effort could've helped it. The addition of 48 fps in 3D was pretty amazing to look at, because it's quite indifferent when compared to all the usual 3D movies.

When it comes to the cast, the most superior characters are Bilbo and Thorin. Martin Freeman was decent as usual and the climax scene which he had with Thorin was heartwarming. Richard Armitage was the best out-of-the-bunch in my opinion, because his character has a little more insight in the movie with numerous shades and layers included it and Armitage was flawless in executing it.

Finally, this is a decent way to end the franchise but it's not quite remarkable. Sure, the movie have few incredible moments to watch, but they're also certain parts which didn't really fit well and that's my only complaint about the movie. Nevertheless, it's a type of movie where you can enjoy watching it in the theatre other than in a home video.

My Rating - 3.5/5
Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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