Being one of the many fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, I had high expectations for The Battle of the Five Armies. But to my dismay, it did not live up to its potential.
In this final chapter we see Bard (Luke Evans) defeating the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) quiet easily. But due to the destruction Smaug caused while terrorising the people of Laketown, they are forced to leave and seek refuge in the ruins of Dale with Bard as their leader.
As Thorin (Richard Armitage) sits in his newly reclaimed kingdom he is slowly overcome by Dragon Sickness as his lust for the Arkenstone increases, but little does he know that Bilbo (Martin Freeman) has already stolen the precious item for Thorin’s own good. Entranced by his search for the Arkenstone he orders the gates of Lonely Mountain to be sealed off.
Gandalf (Ian McKellen) is saved from a close and dramatic encounter with death and travels to Dale to warn them of an Orc army coming their way, while Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) witness a second Orc army heading for Lonely Mountain.
Bard and the people of Laketown are supplied with food and aid by Thranduil (Lee Pace) and his Elf army, this is where we see Bard and Thranduil form an alliance to get what is rightfully theirs from Thorin. Bard tries to reason with Thorin but unfortunately he is too blinded by his greed to come to reason.
Bilbo later on sneaks out and hands over the Arkenstone to Bard and Thranduil, which they use to bargain with Thorin but he is unmoved. This is where Thorins cousin, Dain (Billy Connolly) arrives with his Dwarf army to fight the Elves and the men of Laketown on Thorins behalf. But before they know it, the first Orc army has already arrived leaving the Elves, Dwarves and men of Laketown outnumbered.
Slowly but surely Thorin comes to his senses considering that many are killed fighting the Orcs. He charges into battle along with his company and takes a few with him as he travels to Ravenhill, to kill the leader of the Orc army.
A tragic but fair ending is guaranteed but the overall movie did not capture many as the plot was lost due to the excessively long and violent war scenes.
Although, the cast and the cinematography deserve much reward as they gave this film the adventure and authenticity needed.