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The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies

USA 2014 - mit Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Billy Connolly ...

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Originaltitel:The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Genre:Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Regie:Peter Jackson
Kinostart:11.12.2014
Produktionsland:USA 2014
Laufzeit:Ca. 144 Min.
FSK:From 12 years
Webseite:www.DerHobbitFilme.de
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The impossible is done: The community of dwarves under the leadership of Thorin Eichenschild (Richard Armitage) has recaptured the treasures of Erebor and the dragon Smaug is defeated. But at what price? Many people in the seaside town of Esgaroth have fallen victim to Smog's fiery revenge. While the survivors move towards Erebor to find shelter there and to claim from Thorin due compensation for the many losses, the news of the victory of the dwarves spreads in Middle-earth. And so it doesn't take long until the army of elven king Thranduil (Lee Pace) sets off for Erebor. And they are not the only ones who are willing to fight against the king under the mountain. Because an almost forgotten evil has returned to Middle-earth: the dark ruler Sauron sends his legions from orcs to the Lonely Mountain to bring darkness over the whole country from there. The situation is dangerously worsening and now it is in Thorin's hands to prevent a war. But surrounded by the treasure of his ancestors, Eichenschild has lost all reason. And so the fate of Middle-earth lies in the hands of a small hobbit. And so Bilbo (Martin Freeman) makes a decision by which a battle of the five armies could still be prevented…

To anticipate it right away: If you couldn't do much with the first two parts of the "Hobbit" trilogy, if you're always upset about the fact that Peter Jackson didn't meticulously stick to Tolkien's model and even had the impertinence to invent his own characters and storylines, and if you can't stand such fantasy adventures any longer, then you won't be able to get into "The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies". But for those who love Jackson's Middle-earth and already liked the first two parts despite their weaknesses, this film will be an almost perfect conclusion of the exciting journey of Bilbo Baggins and the dwarf community, as well as a successful bridge to the  "Lord of the Rings"-movies.

Not a short warning: As much as I will try, this film criticism will not be completely free of spoilers. If you don't know the book and don't know how the story ends, you should jump straight to the last paragraph. Everyone else can read on. Unlike the first two parts, there is no prologue in the final. The plot is directly connected to the cliffhanger of "Smaugs Einöde". The following ten minutes are truly epic and Dragon Smaug is allowed to give a real goose bump moment in his short performance. It's the perfect introduction to a film that has exciting, funny, but also extremely emotional moments to offer.

Thorin is probably the most interesting character of the film. Richard Armitage conveys his transformation from a noble leader to a narrow-minded warlord who no longer seems to react to reason very well. But also Martin Freeman, the voice of reason, shows once again that he is the perfect cast for Bilbo Baggins. However, this time the actors only have a few scenes in which they have a lot of room to develop their acting skills. Because in the shortest of the three "Hobbit" movies, the title-giving battle and thus also action and effects are clearly the focus. Admittedly, there are some typical Peter Jackson moments here again, which are a bit exaggerated. Nevertheless, he knows how to interrupt the fighting process with calm moments that make it clear how much he cares about the characters and their story.

A good example of this is the "love story" between dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner) and Elbe Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), which many people have scolded completely wrongly. This storyline is restrained enough never to degenerate into dripping kitsch (where allergic cynics are guaranteed to contradict me against any form of romance), yet emotional enough to end up creating a scene that can really break your heart. So much can be revealed: whoever liked the two in "Smaugs Einöde" should definitely take handkerchiefs to the cinema. Similarly well drawn is the friendship between Bilbo and Thorin built on respect, which is put to a very hard test in the course of the film.

The sound and look of the film is getting closer and closer to the "Lord of the Rings" films. Everything that is owed to the enormous use of computer effects still seems much more artificial. But all in all, "The Battle of the Five Armies" comes very close to the size that made Peter Jackson's first three Middle Earth films so special. Some of the characters are missing out too much (which hopefully will be fixed in the Extended Edition) and some elements of the story could have been worked out a bit better. But all in all Peter Jackson succeeded in a perfect conclusion of a wonderful trilogy, whose last minutes build a perfect bridge to "The Lord of the Rings - The Companions".

Rapid tempo that doesn't allow a second of boredom, a few loosening up moments, lots of action with first-class special effects and two really big emotional highlights make "Der Hobbit - Die Schlacht der Fünf Heere" an outstanding fantasy cinema, with which Peter Jackson says goodbye to Middle-earth more than worthy. When Billy "Pippin" Boyd then sings the perfectly fitting "The Last Goodbye" in the credits, many "Hobbit"-fans might get goose bumps, some melancholy and maybe even a little wet eyes. But the joy prevails that the (for the time being?) last trip to Middle-Earth was so much fun and in the end just as emotional as one would have wished as a fan. And for that there is a very clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!!!!

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