Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
directed by Peter Jackson
starring: Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, and more.

This review may contain Spoilers...

Strange as I am, I made sure to count the number of armies that appeared in the film to make sure there really were FIVE armies. There were the dwarves, the men, the orcs, the elves, and the other orcs... Right? Right... This is the final chapter to the Hobbit movie trilogy and I felt it wrapped up the story nicely. I was moved by the emotional scenes, thrilled by the action, and thoroughly enjoyed all of the cinematography, set designs, costumes, etc. like I've been with the other Hobbit movies and the Lord of the Rings movies by Peter Jackson.

I enjoyed the quick resolution this film starts out with in regards to Smaug. They needed to wrap that up neatly without seeming to rush it too much so they could set the stage for the main battle. I thought the visuals were so cool seeing the town on the lake on fire.

To balance all of the action, there was, also, the sub-plot with the love triangle still going on between the two elves and the dwarf.

I always think it's funny how the characters in these films can hear each other so clearly when they aren't exactly standing next to each other and they talk so quietly. This is in reference to the scene where the elves and Bard are trying to negotiate with the dwarves. I really liked those scenes with just the dwarves, too. To see the madness, doubts, and greed of Thorin and the imagery and sounds that exemplified those emotions was effective in relating his perspective. It's a contrast to Bilbo and how he was unaffected by the gold and riches in the mountain as the dwarves (especially Thorin) were. Bilbo just takes his share of the gold and goes about as he pleases because he's a simple being, a hobbit, who cares more about gardening and food and quiet. I like seeing how Bilbo has the seed in this film that will get planted back in Hobbiton and most likely become the large tree that his birthday takes place around in the Lord of the Rings.

The battle scenes between the five armies was cool. I think the creature the elven king rides into battle (the deer or was it reindeer) was a bit over-the-top. It matched the character of that elf but for some reason it looked much stranger than the dwarf riding the hog. Maybe that was just because of the giant antlers, though.

The most touching moment in the film comes when Kili and Tauriel reunite.

I, also, have to mention how cool it was to see the Thorin and the white orc's last encounter. That thing just kept coming back to attack, over and over. Kind of like the Terminator.

This was a great movie and it does a nice job of transitioning into the Fellowship of the Ring. Another favorite scene of mine is when Bilbo confronts the hobbits at his home who had seemed to think he had died. The humor there balanced out the more serious moments especially coming from the battle scene in which so many characters die.

I liked this movie a lot and I look forward to when it comes out on dvd. I'd give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars.
-O. Pelaez

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