The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Immediately after the events of The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo and the dwarves try to defend Erebor’s mountain of treasure from others who claim it: the men of the ruined Laketown and the elves of Mirkwood. Meanwhile an army of Orcs led by Azog the Defiler is marching on Erebor, fueled by the rise of the dark lord Sauron. Dwarves, elves and men must unite, and the hope for Middle-Earth falls into Bilbo’s hands.
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Film Cast:

  • Gandalf: Ian McKellen
  • Bilbo Baggins: Martin Freeman
  • Thorin Oakenshield: Richard Armitage
  • Legolas: Orlando Bloom
  • Tauriel: Evangeline Lilly
  • Bard: Luke Evans
  • Thranduil: Lee Pace
  • Smaug / Necromancer (voice): Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Balin: Ken Stott
  • Kili: Aidan Turner
  • Fili: Dean O’Gorman
  • Dain: Billy Connolly
  • Dwalin: Graham McTavish
  • Bofur: James Nesbitt
  • Master of Laketown: Stephen Fry
  • Alfrid: Ryan Gage
  • Galadriel: Cate Blanchett
  • Old Bilbo: Ian Holm
  • Saruman: Christopher Lee
  • Elrond: Hugo Weaving
  • Beorn: Mikael Persbrandt
  • Radagast: Sylvester McCoy
  • Gloin: Peter Hambleton
  • Oin: John Callen
  • Dori: Mark Hadlow
  • Nori: Jed Brophy
  • Bifur: William Kircher
  • Bombur: Stephen Hunter
  • Ori: Adam Brown
  • Bain: John Bell
  • Azog: Manu Bennett
  • Bolg: John Tui
  • Sigrid: Peggy Nesbitt
  • Tilda: Mary Nesbitt
  • Soury: Kelly Kilgour
  • Braga: Mark Mitchinson
  • Hilda Bianca: Sarah Peirse
  • Percy: Nick Blake
  • Feren: Simon London
  • Keeper of the Dungeons: Conan Stevens
  • Ragash: Allan Smith
  • Olga: Miranda Harcourt
  • Astrid: Thomasin McKenzie
  • Lobelia Sackville Baggins: Erin Banks
  • Otho Sackville Baggins: Brian Hotter
  • Master Worrywort: Timothy Bartlett
  • Tosser Grubb: Mervyn Smith
  • Ragash (voice): Martin Kwok
  • Creature Voices (voice): Dee Bradley Baker
  • Creature Voices (voice): Olof Johnsson
  • Creature Voices (voice): Jon Olson
  • Creature Voices (voice): Otep Shamaya
  • Creature Voices (voice): Debra Wilson
  • Laketowner (uncredited): Jack Binding
  • Laketowner (uncredited): Terry Binding
  • Old Gammidge (uncredited): Stephen Gledhill
  • Laketown Refugee (uncredited): Billy Jackson
  • Girl in Laketown (uncredited): Katie Jackson
  • Painting of Bungo Baggins (uncredited): Peter Jackson
  • Laketown Refugee (uncredited): Terry Notary
  • Laketown Refugee (uncredited): Vanessa Cater

Film Crew:

  • Original Music Composer: Howard Shore
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Christopher Boyes
  • Producer: Peter Jackson
  • Novel: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Producer: Fran Walsh
  • Co-Producer: Philippa Boyens
  • Director of Photography: Andrew Lesnie
  • Conceptual Design: Alan Lee
  • Conceptual Design: John Howe
  • Costume Design: Richard Taylor
  • Casting: Victoria Burrows
  • Casting: John Hubbard
  • Casting: Liz Mullane
  • Second Unit Director: Andy Serkis
  • Production Design: Dan Hennah
  • Editor: Jabez Olssen
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Brent Burge
  • Sound Designer: David Farmer
  • First Assistant Director: Carolynne Cunningham
  • Dialogue Editor: Ray Beentjes
  • Stunt Coordinator: Glenn Boswell
  • Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro
  • Executive Producer: Toby Emmerich
  • Supervising Art Director: Simon Bright
  • Makeup Designer: Peter Swords King
  • Makeup Department Head: Rick Findlater
  • Producer: Zane Weiner
  • Leadman: David Kolff
  • Sound Recordist: Adrian Medhurst
  • Executive Producer: Ken Kamins
  • Art Direction: Andy McLaren
  • Property Master: Nick Weir
  • Set Costumer: Jenny Rushton
  • Rigging Gaffer: David Brown
  • Executive Producer: Alan Horn
  • Casting: Amy Hubbard
  • Casting: Miranda Rivers
  • Costume Design: Ann Maskrey
  • Stunts: Peter Dillon
  • Executive Producer: Carolyn Blackwood
  • Dialogue Editor: John McKay
  • Sound Effects Editor: Justin Doyle
  • Dialogue Editor: Martin Kwok
  • Costume Design: Bob Buck
  • ADR Supervisor: Nigel Stone
  • Foley: John Simpson
  • Conceptual Design: Ben Mauro
  • Sequence Supervisor: Jeff Capogreco
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Michael Semanick
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: R. Christopher White
  • Set Designer: Mark Stephens
  • Gaffer: Reg Garside
  • Scenic Artist: Margo Kaczynska McKenzie
  • Still Photographer: James H. Fisher
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Eric Saindon
  • Visual Effects Editor: James Meikle
  • Animation Director: Tom Meade
  • Sound Designer: Dave Whitehead
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Michael Hedges
  • Set Decoration: Ra Vincent
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Matt Aitken
  • Animation Director: Shaun Friedberg
  • Animation Director: Derrick Auyoung
  • Animation Director: Leon Woud
  • CG Supervisor: Daniele Tosti
  • CG Supervisor: Alessandro Saponi
  • CG Supervisor: Mike Perry
  • CG Supervisor: Daniel Macarin
  • Animation Director: Keith Lackey
  • Animation Supervisor: Joe Letteri
  • Visual Effects Designer: Christian Rivers
  • Sound Effects Editor: Justin Webster
  • Sound Effects Editor: Hayden Collow
  • Sound Effects Editor: Melanie Graham
  • Animation Manager: Nicky Muir
  • First Assistant Editor: Dan Best
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Gary Summers
  • Stunts: Sean Button
  • Conceptual Design: Paul Tobin
  • Visual Effects: Hugo Dominguez
  • VFX Artist: Matt Weaver
  • Lighting Artist: Arun Ram-Mohan
  • Set Decoration: Mykyta Brazhnyk
  • Hairstylist: Nancy Hennah
  • Hairstylist: Georgia Lockhart-Adams
  • Hairstylist: Flora Moody
  • Makeup Artist: Michele Barber
  • Makeup Artist: Catherine Maguire
  • Makeup Artist: Barbara Broucke
  • Art Department Coordinator: Karen Flett
  • Assistant Art Director: Joshua Barraud
  • Assistant Art Director: Michael Smale
  • Greensman: Darryn Grass Davies
  • Greensman: Henry Hole
  • Greensman: Simon Lowe
  • Greensman: Rose Worley
  • Set Designer: Isadore William Crooks
  • Set Designer: Gavin Urquhart
  • Set Designer: Richard Wiles
  • ADR Editor: Neil Aldridge
  • Dialogue Editor: Matt Stutter
  • First Assistant Sound Editor: Stefanie Ng
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Jason Canovas
  • Animation Supervisor: Michael Cozens
  • CG Supervisor: Luke Millar
  • Animation Director: Jade Mansueto
  • Sequence Supervisor: Kevin Andrew Smith
  • Sequence Supervisor: Mark Gee
  • Animation Production Assistant: Kirstin Cambie
  • Visual Effects Producer: David Conley
  • Visual Effects Editor: Aaron Cubis
  • Visual Effects Producer: Anna-Louise Gordon
  • Visual Effects Editor: Ben Hatton
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Romy Webster
  • VFX Supervisor: Alexander Nowotny
  • VFX Supervisor: Ronnie Menahem
  • VFX Supervisor: David Caeiro Cebrián
  • Camera Operator: Simon Harding
  • Still Photographer: Mark Pokorny
  • Set Costumer: Sally Gray
  • Set Costumer: Charlotte Hayes
  • Music Editor: Jeremy Cullen
  • Music Editor: Steve Gallagher
  • Location Manager: Mathew Gordon
  • Dialect Coach: Leith McPherson
  • Location Manager: Jared Connon
  • Dialect Coach: Roisin Carty
  • Unit Publicist: Melissa Booth
  • Stunts: Vanessa Cater
  • Stunts: Min Windle
  • Stunts: Genevieve Aitken
  • Stunts: Mark Trotter
  • Visual Effects: David Clayton
  • Sculptor: Daniel Falconer
  • Stunts: Kim Fardy
  • Senior Animator: Graham Binding
  • Animation: Ronan Binding
  • Layout: Carolina Jiménez
  • Costume Assistant: Natalie Crane
  • Sculptor: Steven Saunders
  • Sound Recordist: Toby Lloyd

Movie Reviews:

  • Andres Gomez: As there was not much more to be told from the end of the previous movie, just assist to more than 2h of continuous battle.

    Quite pointless, but you may enjoy the action if that is what you were looking for …

  • Per Gunnar Jonsson: The Lord of The Rings are still occupying the three top places of my top ten movies list. Needless to say I am a fan of Tolkien and his Middle Earth fantasy story. I never felt that The Hobbit series could match the original trilogy but then much of the story in The Hobbit is not really Tolkien’s but produced by Hollywood scriptwriters to embellish the story enough to fill three movies. It is not a bad attempt by any means (for being a Hollywood one) but it does not really reach the heights of The Lord of The Rings.

    Still, I quite liked these movies. They are good adventure, fantasy, special effects movies. Thus it saddened me when I went to IMDb and the first things I saw was a bunch of people shouting crap and giving it one star reviews. That is just so much rubbish. This is the third movie and it is not vastly different from the others. If you disliked the first ones so much why go and see this one? Also, the harping about not following the book. At this point that is a nonsense argument. It was fairly obvious that it was not going to follow the book in detail when it was announced that there were going to be three movies and if you did not get it then then you should have gotten it from the other two movies. One star ratings looks more like trolling to me.

    Anyway, back to the movie itself. I definitely liked this movie better than the second one. It was on par with the first one for me. There was less silly stuff, less stuff that just felt like fillers and the special effects were generally good.

    The story and the implementation is, as I wrote, less filled with fillers as the last movie. At least from my point of view. Still though, the story is not at all up to the standard of the original Tolkien works. It shows that it is a Hollywood product that favors effects and quantity before depth and quality. The battle at the end was epic but at the same time somewhat nonsensical in how people ran back and forth clobbering people and beasts right left and center. I did quite like the ramming troll though.

    I have to say that I did not like that weasel Alfrid. Sure he was meant to be disliked but he got tiresome rather quickly. He could have been left out after being pushed into the water as far as I am concerned. After that I just got annoyed every time he appeared and I got especially annoyed by the fact that everyone, even Gandalf, seemed to trust him to actually do what he was told. I was hoping all the way to the finishing scenes that he would meet a gruesome end.

    On the whole I definitely liked this movie. It had a “Tolkienesque” athmosphere, decent acting, decent story and loads and loads of special effects. Even though it does not reach the heights of The Lord of The Rings it is definitely great entertainment for the fantasy, not to mention special effects, lovers.

  • Gimly: Comparing the _Lord of the Rings_ trilogy and the _Hobbit_ trilogy was already like comparing apples and mediocre oranges, but none so mediocre as _Battle of the Five Armies_. Don’t get me wrong, I love a “battle” as much as the next guy, more maybe, I don’t even mind a movie that’s 95% battle, but in this? It does. Not. Work.

    _Five Armies_ is a movie that never made it out of pre-viz, let alone to a polished, well-rounded, final cut. I enjoy it to some degree when running through a Middle-Earth marathon as a whole, but only when the group I’m with will let me roll my eyes and complain about it.

    _Final rating:★★½ – Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._

  • r96sk: Exactly what it says on the tin – to a fault.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like it. However, towards the end ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ definitely begins to drag quite heavily – the impact of what eventually happens did not, to be honest, hit as strongly as it could’ve/should’ve. The pure action is good, but there’s not much to remember about everything else.

    None of the characters, with the exception of Richard Armitage (Thorin) and Luke Evans (Bard) I guess, stand out amidst the wall-to-wall battle. Martin Freeman (Bilb), Ian McKellen (Gandalf) & Co. are are of little importance really, which is a shame.

    ‘The Hobbit’ series, unfortunately, gets inferior as it goes by. Loved the first film, enjoyed the second but this third installment – while passable – leaves me with a feeling of wanting something else from it. Happy to have watched them though, I’d still recommend them for sure.

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