Otherwise known as our review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, written entirely of my own volition with no free tickets involved. If you’re not a Tolkien nut, you might want to find something else to read about now!
The release of the final Hobbit film was always going to be a major event in this house. I discovered the book about 1970 and read it compulsively until I could quote great chunks of it off by heart. I still return to it occasionally, and its comforting familiarity and Tolkien’s way with words, draws me in every time. Now I own all the books about Middle Earth, several copies of some of them, and they’ve been well thumbed by me and by my children. We have videos and DVDs of the films, and we’ve been waiting all year for this, the final chapter.
But it wasn’t the film that I wanted to see. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it, and I LOVED some of the performances: Bilbo, Thorin, Bard, and Balin in particular. They were all wonderful. Dain the dwarf king was an entertaining surprise, and some of the battle scenes were impressive. And I can’t wait to see it again, this time in 3D which perhaps will make a difference to my opinion.