J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth tales of elves and men and hobbits are fittingly set in mountainous country. They reach a heroic level of entertainment with their characters and material. They are enthralling stories about the value of true friendship, the meaning of love, courage, corruption by evil and salvation by unity.
The “Lord of the Rings” fantasies and their forerunner “The Hobbit” are colossal, and so are Peter Jackson’s mammoth adaptations. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” concludes the story in high gear, offering a level of nonstop tension and forward motion few other movies can equal.