It is time for the concluding chapter of Peter Jackson’s three part adaptation of The Hobbit. After the defeat of Smaug the Dragon, the company of thirteen dwarves, along with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), reclaim their mountain home of Erebor. However, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) is inflicted with "dragon sickness" and is driven mad inside the mountain. Thorin refuses to assist Bard (Luke Evans) and the survivors of Laketown, which puts the dwarves on the brink of war with Thranduil (Lee Pace) and his army of elves. However, the three sides are forced to put aside their differences when Azog the Defiler’s Orc army comes on the attack.
The decision to split J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit into a full trilogy of films has been controversial since the start. This whole trilogy has been working backwards and creating a series of films that are meant to tie-in with The Lord of the Rings. This includes the addition of characters and events that did not exist in the original novel, including the inclusion of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and the new character of Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her romantic subplot with the dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). While I thought this worked pretty well for the first two films, this third film is definitely much weaker.