The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

2014 PG-13 2h 24m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

2014 PG-13 2h 24m Blu-ray / DVD
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Conjuring up another epic tale, director Peter Jackson unspools the final chapter of the Hobbit saga, with things coming to a head as Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the Dwarves at last reach Smaug's lair.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French, Portuguese
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS 7.1 HD, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Evangeline Lilly
  • Martin Freeman
  • Richard Armitage
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Luke Evans
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Reviews

age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the final (and most violent) installment in director Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel -- and, as the title suggests, it features the biggest battle sequences of the trilogy. The most like The Lord of the Rings, this finale is all about epic confrontations: between Thorin Oakenshield who has finally reclaimed the mountain kingdom of Erebor for the dwarves, the elves and humans who want their rightful share of his treasure, and Sauron's orc army that's a threat to them all. This movie has the highest body count in the trilogy; all of the armies sustain losses, and many characters -- primary, secondary, and extras -- die, either in battle (via arrows, axes, swords) or from dragon fire. Some of the death scenes are brutal and particularly sad or disturbing, but ultimately this is a must-see for any family that has already seen the first two Hobbit films.

Sexual Content

Kili and Tauriel continue their lingering looks and charged moments of connection, including an embrace, an "almost kiss," and a heartbreaking declaration of love. Legolas loves Tauriel, even if she doesn't return his romantic affection.

Violence

The most violent of the Hobbit films: Huge battles with high body counts and brutal deaths. Many beloved characters die fighting their enemies (usually with swords and arrows), as do villains. Smaug kills countless residents of Lake Town as he murderously destroys it, setting fire to anything and anyone in his flight path. Some frightening, jump-worthy moments include Smaug cruelly targeting a man's young son (the dragon doesn't have a chance to kill him), the super Orcs battling the dwarves, Thorin threatening Bilbo, and the elves/wizards fighting the shadow of Sauron. Lots of intense, deadly confrontations between characters.

Language

Insults: "coward," "stinking liar," "thief," "burglar."

Social Behavior

Even the smallest can be strong -- and the weak, brave. Reinforces the importance of keeping your word/promise/oath and of helping those in need rather than believing it's not your problem. Thorin's obsession with his treasure shows the corrupting power of wealth. As someone says in the movie, the world would be a merrier place if people valued other people above gold.

Consumerism

No product placements in the film, but the Tolkien books and Peter Jackson film adaptations have plenty of tie-ins to merchandise: apparel, video games, Lego toys and board games, role-playing games and costumes, special editions of the books, electronics accessories, posters and other home accessories, and more.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Gandalf smokes a pipe more than once.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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