“Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.”
The problem with these Hobbit movies, is that they came AFTER the master piece that was the LOTR trilogy. So no matter what did this and the movies that came before it did, there was no way to over come that level of pressure it had on its back. That’s not to say this isn’t a good movie, it really is a very solid movie, though in my opinion not up to par with the desolation of Smaug. This movie does have a lot of heart but it also feels a part of it is missing. Maybe its the fact that the stakes of this movie don’t seem as present as those in the LOTRs or the fact that i KNOW whats going to happen for certain characters, that it pulls me out a bit in how much i should care for them in that moment. The ones who’s futures i wasn’t privy too however, were very well done. The entire company of actors here are really amazing. Even though Smaug doesnt have a huge part in this movie, his scenes with Luke Evans’ Bard are really something to behold. I definitely think you should see this movie, as it is a fitting conclusion to The Hobbit series, my only wish was that these movies came out before the LOTRs so they had a better shot of really carving out a place for themselves.
Review Score : 7.5 out of 10