I definitely liked this movie better than the second one. All this now was steamrolled over by the production team of this movie. Still, I quite liked these movies. Then there's nemesis 2: Sauron also Cumberbatch. Which brings me to my second point.
The story then enters its most intriguing phase: a kind of psychodrama involving Thorin Richard Armitage and his sickening relationship with gold and power. I was hoping all the way to the finishing scenes that he would meet a gruesome end. Why mention Legolas' mother and never explain anything about her at all? We get to see some familiar faces face-off with this faceless monstrosity. Oh yeah, the book was written for children, so make sure there is a song or two, bird poo on the nutty wizard who escaped from Hogwarts Radagast , a dwarf with a pickax stuck in his skull, and funny bits that children love. In my opinion it's ridiculous to cut something like that out because they were basically the main characters. I'd like to be clear on my admiration for what Peter Jackson has done with The Hobbit so far. Why were the dwarfs wearing helmets when they were still inside the mountain, but had no helmets on when they actually went to war? I knew it was a bad sign that Peter Jackson actually made a movie shorter than three hours although it felt like six apparently, he had so little material for this movie that he had to re-use material from his original trilogy.
I was as irritated as most people when I heard that Peter Jackson would split The Hobbit into three movies because it was obviously a decision based on nothing more than getting as much money as possible, but even I never imagined that he would stoop to making a movie like Battle of the Five Armies a. The story and the implementation is, as I wrote, less filled with fillers as the last movie. One star ratings looks more like trolling to me. Meanwhile an army of Orcs led by Azog the Defiler is marching on Erebor, fueled by the rise of the dark lord Sauron. At least take a minute to explain how it got divided.
If the unnecessary Dol Guldur scenes and the Tauriel storyline were skipped, every good part from the book which is now cut out would have easily fit in. Otherwise you're probably someone like me and you'll leave the theater disappointed and grieving over the characters you love so much. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. Shortly before the battle started, there were a few much-needed moments of comic relief, and I thought the film might possibly turn around. They are my favorite movies of all time and the reason I became a fan of Tolkien's works in the first place.
If I had not read the book, I'd get really annoyed after watching this movie and not knowing what had happened to them. Sure he was meant to be disliked but he got tiresome rather quickly. It's as if, after all the complaints about splitting a pamphlet of a novel into three parts, Peter Jackson is playing a joke on us: This is what you get when you ask for Middle-earth-lite. Why did this have to be added? Besides all these unanswered questions, there are certain things which bothered me more than all of those questions combined. Things were looking grim for the dwarfs when who should appear? Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. I did like some of the character development especially the inner confliction of Thorin, Thranduil and Bilbo.
However, if you mess with the story, if you include things that contradict the whole story, and if you essentially kill off the charm and warmth and concept of the book the movie is based on, things get dangerous. It's the one time we really glimpse that signature Jackson oddness, in a wonderful hallucinatory sequence where Thorin imagines he's sinking in a lake of gold. Where did those goats suddenly come from? He could have been left out after being pushed into the water as far as I am concerned. Thorin's hubris and arrogance is in stark contrast to Bilbo's very relatable and achievable traits of decency and humility. Now the poor boy is dead because he had a crush on a badly written elf which also completely degrades the importance of Legolas and Gimli's friendship. I enjoy it to some degree when running through a Middle-Earth marathon as a whole, but only when the group I'm with will let me roll my eyes and complain about it. Dwarves, elves and men must unite, and the hope for Middle-Earth falls into Bilbo's hands.
It is not a bad attempt by any means for being a Hollywood one but it does not really reach the heights of The Lord of The Rings. There was less silly stuff, less stuff that just felt like fillers and the special effects were generally good. Beorn and Radagast are given literally seconds of screen time; and for the first time in this prequel trilogy, a whole chapter The Return Journey is pretty much elided entirely. At least from my point of view. For all The Lord of the Rings' mythic grandeur and complex world-building, there's a warm geniality and brisk impetus to these lovingly crafted films. What a difference an Extended Edition makes.
Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. Here, the more serious scenes are a refreshing change to all the cheesiness, the ridiculousness and the exaggertion. Bilbo Baggins Richard Armitage :. And why were they gone after ten seconds? Bard the Bowman Ken Stott :. A couple of years ago, when I heard Peter Jackson would direct two more Middle-earth movies, I started crying out of excitement. Anyway, back to the movie itself. Characters we've come to love or loathe arc into nothing; others e.
Let's not forget about the scene wherein Legolas grabs a flying bat, or when Bard uses his son Bain to shoot an arrow, which should make him fall but somehow it doesn't, or when Dain and Thorin decide to hug in the middle of a battle, or when Azog somehow manages to float and dramatically opens his eyes. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 Summary The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies: Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness. Isn't the Hobbit legendary enough, hasn't the book proved often enough it is a great story without a love-story included? Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. I have to say that I did not like that weasel Alfrid. But even worse, Bilbo gets put on a knife edge and finds himself fighting with Hobbit warfare with all of his might for his dwarf-friends, as the hope for Middle-Earth is all put in Bilbo's hands. By now we should all be braced for Super Legolas and his physics-defying fighting style.
Heck, I even like the addition of Tauriel - though her unsatisfying conclusion is perhaps typical of a final chapter that too often fails to tie up its loose ends. And those qualities are married to a thematic depth missing from its bedtime story source. Battle of the 25 Armies plus a couple of random giant mountain goats and a pig thrown in for good measure. Moreover, the dubious editing decisions create some strange and jolting juxtapositions and tonal lurches, and negate the sense of time passing or of great distances being crossed. The movie kicks off from precisely where the second ended, with the dread dragon Smaug Benedict Cumberbatch descending upon Laketown. Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war.