‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (2014) review: Back again, for the last time

Martin Freeman, as Bilbo Baggins, appears in a scene from "The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies." (Photo credit: AP photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Martin Freeman, as Bilbo Baggins, appears in a scene from “The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies.” (Photo credit: AP photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

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Final part of ‘Hobbit’ trilogy shines above the rest

“You are only quite a little fellow in a wide world, after all.”

As Gandalf the Grey so eloquently described it some 70 years ago, the tale of Bilbo Baggins always was meant to be just a small piece, a puzzle part if you will, of the larger epic that is Middle-earth. Only 320 pages in length, the inspiring story of a brave Hobbit outsmarting a dragon and fighting in a massive war — all while growing as a person and learning that heroes come in all sizes — serves its purpose as a classic work of children’s literature.

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Perhaps that lesson could have been put to use when it came to director Peter Jackson’s lumbering film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved 1937 tale. But for all the misgivings presented in the scheme of turning a short book into nearly nine hours’ worth of movies, I have to say this: If asked to join this amazing adventure, I would do so in a heartbeat.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the final installment in “The Hobbit” trilogy, kicks off with a fiery bang, taking place directly after 2013’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” It seems Smaug, a destructive dragon with the silky smooth voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, isn’t quite so desolate. In fact, he’s just downright furious. So he’s taking that anger out on the helpless citizens of Lake-town, raining fire from the sky in retribution against the company of dwarves that would take his gold away from him. Those dwarves, and one brave Hobbit, Bilbo (Martin Freeman), stand inside Erebor, watching the destruction take place from afar.

Click here to read the full review at The Daily News (tdn.com).

Four “#OneLastTime” stars out of five.

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