End 2014 with latest ‘Hobbit’ film

Richard Armitage appears in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." / The Associated Press

Reviewed by Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” concludes the epic trilogy of the “Hobbit” movies. Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson, also the director of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, this action-packed, fantasy movie keeps the audience entertained the whole time.
Continuing the story of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the company of dwarfs, the group, led by Lord Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) tries to reclaim the dwarves’ homeland, Durin, from the mighty dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).
Smaug tries to take Laketown, the city near Durin. Fire and smoke rains down on Laketown while the dwarfs hide in their mountain hideaway that’s littered with gold.
Enemies surround them on all sides: the Orcs in the north, the High Elves in the east, and the angry people of Laketown right in front of them. They all want something. The Orcs want the mountain to claim as their own and the High Elves and the people of Laketown want their fair share of the Lonely Mountain’s gold.
While their battle rages, far in the north, Sauron (also voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) gathers his forces. The great wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) is the only one who knows of Suaron’s plans.
The movie’s visual effects are astounding; they even make the dragon come alive on the big screen.
“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” is possibly the best way to end 2014’s year of movies. Fans who have been waiting for this movie will not be disappointed in Jackson’s work.

 Catherine Wiggins is an eighth-grader at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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