Picking up where The Desolation of Smaug left off, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the dwarf company have reclaimed The Lonely Mountain. However the hobbit's adventure is not over yet as Thorin (Richard Armitage) goes mad with greed and armies march towards Erebor seeking the mountatin's riches. As the races of Middle Earth quarrel, they discover that the real enemy looms over The Lonely Mountain, and with it: The Battle of the Five Armies begins.
The Hobbit 3 had a fast paced story, but seeing as this was the last chapter in the Hobbit, the pacing was no surprise. Yet even with its fast moving plot, the story managed to thrill with its drama and it created enough build up to the upcoming battle. The movie also completed plot points previously established in the series such as explaining Thorin's greed. While this plot may not be able to stand alone, the story's structure was fitting to end this trilogy, and it did make for a satisfying finale.
The Hobbit Trilogy has been full of rich characters. With this being the end, it only made sense that this cast to make their last stand in development. Thankfully every character had something to offer in this film; even if some of the cast did have much screen time. Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen were fantastic as usual; while the likes of Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans made for great supporting characters. However the one to steal the show was Richard Armitage as Thorin. Armitage has been great as the dwarf leader, but he truly shined in this film with a performance filled with sinister intentions as well as redemption. Add more moments of Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug, The White Council in action and various characters appearing by the film's end and you an ensemble fitting for any movie.