Yes, it is the red headed step child of the middle earth films but darn it I love it and I feel it works well to lead into the true Tolkien work, The Lord of the Rings. I was never the biggest fan of the Hobbit book but Jackson's trilogy was the adaptation I didn't know I wanted. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogies combined make my favorite movie franchise ever.
A major disappointment. It looks great and has fantastic effects, but it never comes over the fact that it ends it's dramatic cliffhanger from the prior film in 2! minutes and then leads up to an on-going and never ending battle that lasts forever and it is a HUGE MISSED OPPORTUNITY not leading this film better with the original trilogy and pay off why Saruman got corrupted by evil. And there is way too much Legolas.
A rather weak conclusion to the trilogy, this film sends off Smaug very quickly but then spends one and half hour battling... stupid orcs. Fucking Thorin-son-of-Thrain-grandson-of-whatever really got into my nerves, along with the silly man with coins in his boobs. The coolest thing here really was the confrontation between Galadriel/Samara from "The Ring", Gandalf and Saruman against Sauron... lasted 5 minutes -.-'
A major disappointment - the build-up to Smaug from the previous movie is shot down in the first half of this film, making it pointless. The major battle scene is full of crappy CGI and laughable images (bears being thrown around like balls, elfs riding mooses etc.). A true testament to how unnecessary the whole Hobbit trilogy was.
God, how I've outgrown fantasy. I mean, to each their own, but this genre really does nothing for me. And this film, it diminishes the big threat 10 minutes into this 2 hour and 20 minutes movie, and then just leaves us with a pretty boring mass of CGI fighting another pretty boring mass of CGI.
Der schreckliche Krieg der fünf Heere, in Tolkiens Kinderbuch nimmt er ein Kapitel ein - In Jacksons Umsetzung ein Drittel seines gesamten Epos. Die Szenen sind eine Wucht und werden kräftig ausgedehnt, der Logik folgend, das Buch in drei Filme aufzugliedern... die ganze Rezension sowie die prächtigsten märchenhaften Fantasy Filme gibts auf cinegeek.de