By CORY WOODROOF

Now that the dust has settled, director Peter Jackson’s vision for “The Hobbit” is complete.

Now that the dust has settled, director Peter Jackson’s vision for “The Hobbit” is complete.

Mr. Jackson, not half bad. Not half bad.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the grand finale of the ‘Hobbit’ film series, ties a big, booming bow around the three installments.

The film is an intriguing piece in the puzzle, as it finally offers the full view of Jackson’s take on the story of Bilbo Baggins and his company of dwarf companions.

In this third installment, Middle Earth is in a bit of a mess. Having reclaimed his kingdom in the mountain, royal dwarf Thorin Oakenshield has become dangerously obsessed his wealth – his sanity at stake in a sea of splendor.

Smaug the fire-breathing dragon is headed to lay waste on the small community of Laketown. The elves, led by icy king Thranduil, head to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their lost treasure now that the dragon has left. And, Sauron’s (the big, evil eye from the LOTR movies) plan of raising an army of orcs (led by series villain Azog the Defiler) is right on schedule.

Bilbo Baggins, gone from a reluctant traveler to a brave burglar, must help navigate through the chaos, aided by powerful wizard Gandalf the Grey and a host of other do-gooders.

As the film’s subtitle indicates, a big battle is at hand between the forces of good and evil, and the fate of Middle Earth rests in the hands of a trusted few.

As a standalone film, “The Battle of the Five Armies” fulfills its title. Just about the entire movie deals with the preparations for battle and the battle itself, and Jackson uses familiar sensibilities to carry the series home.

The sprawling battles of LOTR made for some of the series’ most memorable moments, and the main set piece here is just as expansive and rousing.

Jackson spent plenty of time wrangling together major melees back in the first go-around, and here, he doesn’t, stylistically, stray away too far for this battle.

The CGI does make some things look different. But make no mistake, this is a LOTR-approved battle in the final “Hobbit” movie, and since most of this movie is a gigantic battle, fans of the series should feel right at home.

Perhaps more compelling than the war is the conclusion of key character relationships. The bond between Bilbo and Thorin was always one of the more fascinating parts of the first two “Hobbit” films, and here, it’s given plenty of time to resolve.

Martin Freeman continues to put forth excellent work here as Bilbo, and Richard Armitage, perhaps with the most dramatic weight of any character in the film, continues to make Thorin a compellingly complex character.

As one third of a grander whole, some parts of the first two installments, such as the dwarves’ diverse personalities and Middle Earth exploration, don’t get too much focus. But, that’s the nature of the beast with this “Hobbit” adaptation. Much of the good enjoyed in the series has already had its day.

This finale is really just a behemoth battle and a tying of loose ends, which is really all that was left to do.

But, now that the picture is complete, it’s safe to say that Jackson has done right by the source material.

This is more “Hobbit” than anyone ever expected getting, and Jackson has done a major service to fans with his adaptation – even if it did take three installments to get the final product.

As an individual film, “The Battle of the Five Armies” serves its purpose. It’s a nice way to close the series out, and man, does it feel great to finally get the full picture.