I did like some of the character development especially the inner confliction of Thorin, Thranduil and Bilbo. Thorin tells Fili and Kili to scout the towers as Bilbo came and warned them. The narrative follows the book fairly closely. And, if so, can they hold on to it? You'll find few fans who'd argue otherwise. 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.
The battle itself is undoubtedly impressive - great roaring hordes punctuated with spectacular giants - but in a sense it compounds the problem of the relatively truncated runtime. As they part on the outskirts of the Shire, Gandalf reveals that he knows of that Bilbo found in the Goblin tunnels though unaware that it was the One Ring before they part ways on good terms. Bilbo's story ends when he returns to and finds the are auctioning off his belongings and are about to sell his house. Freeman's scenes with Armitage and McKellan are among the film's best, Pace exudes authority and fury with unnerving focus, the Company actors seize a number of sequences and declare them their own Turner, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott and Dean O'Gorman chief among them , and Lilly flexes her dramatic muscle, even as Tauriel remains one of Jackson's more controversial additions to the story. The film was well received by those in attendance, and many critics praised the film's visuals, acting, and action sequences, while some also expressed criticism on the short length of the film. A few decently strong character beats and touching moments have been tacked on, particularly during the new and improved battle with Sauron and at the end of the film, when several heroes are laid to rest.
The signal towers used by the orcs and goblin hordes to coordinate field movements are an especially subtle but nice touch. Synopsis Opening Smaug destroys Laketown and the Dwarves watch from the as the destroys. Armitage and Bilbo provide the best performances of the film - mostly internal; mostly in the eyes - and their farewell is one of the more moving moments in a trilogy that has largely prioritised humour over pathos. This was, after all, the stage of the story where Professor Tolkien finally foregrounded politics and ethics and the machinations of characters ahead of adventure. Not tacked onto the opening of the third as a notably truncated ten-minute vignette. Radagast provides Gandalf a horse and his staff before riding to Dale. Asking Thorin for their own fair share of the gold, Men and Elves are answered by Dwarvish defiance.
Then, a dwarf company under arrives and is about to attack the elves on Thorin's call, but Azog sends one branch of his army to attack Dáin's force. I have nothing negative to say about the acting though. Thranduil, after seeing Tauriel kiss Kili's dead body, finally accepts Tauriel's love for Kili and agrees with her plan to bury the dwarf. The film begins with 's attack on Lake-town and continues with the dragon's demise, the , the , and the return journey. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with the final of three films based on J.
Characters we've come to love or loathe arc into nothing; others e. Thorin and company burst out of the Mountain and join the battle, much to Dáin's delight. I'm still giving this movie a 4 out of 10 though, because I absolutely love the cast and I think they did a brilliant job, especially Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman. Did he ever get them back? Those scenes definitely did make me grin and feel some kind of joy, but also they made me shudder - and it just wouldn't stop. After reaching Erebor and encountering the dragon Smaug, the Five Armies assemble for an epic battle that could decide the future of all in Middle-earth. Thranduil and Bard ride at the front, where Thorin threatens to kill them if they get any closer. Turn it into three overlong movies for more profit, get us as many battles and skirmishes as you possibly can milk out of this, and just to make sure, add a love-story we don't care how you do it , add a popular character from the previous trilogy so people will dig that.
Isn't the Hobbit legendary enough, hasn't the book proved often enough it is a great story without a love-story included? And why were they gone after ten seconds? Meantime, Gandalf, imprisoned in the ruins of Dol Guldûr, seems about to be finished off by the Nine Ring Wraiths, led by the deadliest of their lot, Witch King of the ancient, evil realm of Angmar. For The Desolation of Smaug we got bags more depth and character. What happened to the people of Lake-Town? Though Bard attempts to reason with Thorin to avoid further bloodshed, the stubborn dwarf refuses to listen, to his company's dismay. With Smaug and the Necromancer out of the way among other developments, like Bard's semi-reluctant rise to leader of men , it's on to the protracted second act of The Battle of the Five Armies. The Weta Workshop visual effects are uncharacteristically weak, looking like the product of a throwback '80s fantasy rather than a film with a multi-million dollar budget. So why so much contempt? Legolas Orlando Bloom finally makes his full transformation into a videogame protagonist, controlling a troll by driving a sword into its head and steering it by way of its brainy bits, running up falling rocks mid-swordfight, and performing other head-shaking feats of physics-defying godhood. Detail is terrific too, with crisp, razor-sharp edges, refined textures and revealing close-ups.
While Thorin fights Azog to avenge Fili, Kili dies protecting Tauriel from Bolg. Those two movies soon got changed into three and I was angry because I was convinced the story was too short for three three-hours-long movies. While the others aid what remains of Dáin's forces, Thorin rides towards with , Fili, and Kili to kill Azog. The Battle of the Five Armies is fine, I suppose. Thorin's hubris and arrogance is in stark contrast to Bilbo's very relatable and achievable traits of decency and humility. And every arrow shunks into place, every piece of armor shink shinks with weight, every strike carries strength. The film stars as Bilbo Baggins, as Gandalf the Grey, as Smaug and the Necromancer, and as Thorin Oakenshield.
I think Peter Jackson forgot that this story is called The Hobbit because Bilbo is supposed to be the main character, not Thorin. It's not their fault that their character development was rushed because the movie was full of pointless Legolas Vs. The good news is the cast is terrific, Jackson's battle scenes are reasonably exciting, and several memorable character beats help it cross the finish line with some dignity. Opinions will of course vary, but the theatrical version of The Battle of the Five Armies strikes me as a bit better than Jackson's latest, and likely last, foray into Middle-earth. With The Lord of the Rings trilogy, every effort was made to honor the books, barring several widely discussed changes the filmmakers' acknowledged countless times as necessary evils. Set in Middle-earth the adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom from the fearsome dragon Smaug.
As they prepare for the battle, Thorin gives Bilbo a. Why did this have to be added? In my opinion it's ridiculous to cut something like that out because they were basically the main characters. All in all, the trusted armies have two choices: unite or die. Here, the more serious scenes are a refreshing change to all the cheesiness, the ridiculousness and the exaggertion. Just over the course of penning this review, my trigger finger has been itching, tempting me to drop my movie score another half-point. What was already the shortest Middle-earth film is rendered artificially even shorter by the fact that there's 45 minutes of virtually wordless fighting. Inside the camp, Thranduil reminds Gandalf that he is the one who started all this and he will finish it.
The film is the sixth and final Middle-Earth film adaptation to be released and the third chronologically. In the actual story, Fili and Kili died defending Thorin in battle. The bulk of which are stronger than the film itself. There's plenty of meat here - but where are the bones that hold it all together? Meanwhile, half a world away, Gandalf Ian McKellan had been captured by the Necromancer also Cumberbatch , who was revealed to be that ancient evil, Sauron. Who, instead of focusing on just hours of battle, managed to create a world full of lore, charm, and wonderful characters? I absolutely loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Because right now this feels like An Unfinished Journey. After Gandalf arrives at Dale, Bilbo sneaks out of the Lonely Mountain to hand the Arkenstone over to Thranduil and Bard.