This is more an announcement of a longer piece that is coming- but I've seen BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES.
From the start of the battle to Bilbo and Gandalf parting its as good as the original LOTR series. Finally the film has focus on the plot and characters and not just spectacle. That last bit is as good a bit of filmmaking as I've seen (Its on my best of the year list).
The rest is okay, very messy with much that belongs elsewhere.
The whole series should have been two pared down films
Yes its worth seeing...but realize its not stand alone.
I have much to say once I get through some other life things