This is a fun, new, and unique spin on the Lord of the Rings movies that the UK has never seen before. It has some interesting nods to the first two movies, but it's still a completely original piece of filmmaking. If you are a fan of the fantasy world that Tolkien created, this new online series The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will appeal to you or at least give you something to watch while you wait for the next installment of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
In the first movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, the heroes came across a goblin town. They killed all the Goblin and were then attacked by Smaug. This guy was so huge that he could swallow Bilbo's entire party whole. In this first movie, The Battle of the Five Armies, Smaug is much less deadly, and the heroes are able to easily defeat him, though not without causing some major casualties. We are left with just Smaug and Gandalf.
In this online series, there are actually three main plots. There is Bilbo, the hero who was so small when he was young that his father actually named him Peter, and he grew into a huge, handsome man who travels across Middle Earth to help those in need. In the second movie, there is the other group of heroes called the Dwarves, who fought alongside Bilbo in the first movie. The third part is all about the fight against Sauron, the evil villain who was lurking in the shadows all along.
As it turns out, this second movie takes place long after the end of the first movie. The second movie goes through some major changes, as Gandalf must leave the fight against Sauron to serve in the role of the Necromancer, and a new hero, Thorin Oakenshield, must take up the mantle of King. Thorin leads the dwarves in an attack on the giant Thring Glacier, which brings together forces from all of Middle Earth.
The final battle of this second part of the trilogy is held at the Lonely Mountain, where the last survivor of the War of the Five Armies is locked away by the three most powerful wizards in Middle Earth. At the climax of the film, the heroes of the Fellowship are able to free the remaining Dwarves of the mountain, forcing the wizards to release Smaug back into the volcano that was actually the source of the fires that consumed the great city of Lake-town. It seems that Smaug, who has become immortal since the first movie, has been waiting for someone to release him for a very long time.
The director of this film is Guillermo Del Toro, who was a brilliant storyboard artist and cinematographer for the first two books. He has directed some of the best scenes in the first book, and this movie is not an exception. The original trilogy holds up extremely well on DVD, but this movie has a great quality and it makes for a really enjoyable viewing experience.
You can also watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on PC, iPad, or iPhone with new high definition transfers. I'm sure that you'll enjoy watching it on your own home computer, and you can even watch it on your iPhone or iPad if you download the high definition video files to your devices.
If you enjoy the first two movies, you're in for a treat here. This movie is a tremendous treat to the eyes, and the acting is top notch. In fact, it is really difficult to find any fault with this movie, and it's guaranteed to be a summer blockbuster that everyone can enjoy.