The Hobbit Trilogy has been a source of criticism since it was released in December of 2012. Personally I felt that it relied heavily on the success of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and never actually tried to make it a stand alone movie series. The first one was overlong and the second improved on the source material but they still felt corny and overly effected. With the debut of the The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies trailer it seems that it has improved upon the material even further and looks to be an actually decent movie. I still feel that if was one, maybe two, movies it could have been great but with three movies it feels like they are bloating the run time for no reason. As a whole it could very well be good in the end when you watch all three movies but as individual ones they feel somewhat disconnected.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Orlando Bloom. Produced by New Line Cinema and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.