The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Theatrical Release: December 17, 2014


Bilbo and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying dragon Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle Earth.

Dove Review

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is a powerful conclusion to the “Hobbit” trilogy. Several reviewers believe it to be the best of the three “Hobbit” films, and I agree. This final journey into Middle Earth comes with a price, which is the dramatic deaths of both villains and a few heroes.

The movie also nicely sets up the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which takes place following “The Hobbit” in Tolkien’s saga. This final entry features energetic battle scenes involving humans, elves, dwarfs, and orcs. It contains emotional wallops as survivors cope with the loss of loved ones, and it features a character who loses his way and finds it again in the end. The song during the credits, “The Last Good-bye,” is both appropriate and very well done, and sung by a Hobbit himself from “Lord of the Rings,” Billy Boyd, who played Pippen.

Despite the positive elements, the battle scenes are violent and include decapitations of orcs and scenes of swords and spears and slashing. Also, a certain evil dragon sets villages and people on fire, with the scenes showing them engulfed in flames. Therefore, we are prevented from awarding this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A she-elf kisses a dwarf at his death, a dwarf she loved.
Language: Bas*ard-1.
Violence: Lots of violence including decapitations, slashing with swords and spears, arrows shot, and many characters are killed with some blood and corpses seen on the ground—including the body of a child; people are seen engulfed in flames.
Drugs: Some drinking, which might be wine.
Nudity: None
Other: Betrayal by a character; tension between characters; death and grief.


Company: Warner Brothers
Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 144 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter