Peter Jackson’s great journey there and back again with J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy tales comes to an action-filled and excellent end in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, as I say in my video review above.

This one features, of course, series regulars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Christopher Lee and Evangeline Lilly. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the acquisitive and vengeful dragon Smaug.

Jackson, who has been creating movies based on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books for more than 15 years now, co-wrote the script with his usual collaborators Philippa Boyens and wife Fran Walsh, along with Guillermo Del Toro. Jackson, Walsh, Carolynne Cunningham and Zane Weiner produced. The film, which is being distributed by Warner Bros., opens today in the United States following strong overnight previews in the United States and a huge overseas bow last weekend, grossing $117 million. 

Are you looking forward to the film? Have you seen the previous two? Let us know what you think.