Hey movie/Tolkien fans! The breakout film of this year for me, and I’m sure most of you, is approaching. I’m talking about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. In anticipation for the film, I thought I’d list some of the biggest moments that I am looking forward to watching/experiencing when I see the film on it’s midnight release in HFR IMAX 3D, just as I did for The Desolation of Smaug last year. Beware; there might be SPOILERS in this article. So those who have not read the book or don’t want to read anything about the film, I encourage you to stop reading. You have been warned. With that, lets begin.
The Destruction and Wrath of Smaug on Laketown
At the end of [The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug](movie:512310), the titular dragon bursts out of the dwarf kingdom of Erebor to waste destruction on the people of Laketown for aiding Bilbo and the dwarf company for aiding them to the Lonely Mountain. If there was any indication from the cliffhanger from the last film, Director Peter Jackson is saving the epic moment for an amazing opening to an already action packed story. The cliffhanger made the audience and me at the midnight screening of The Desolation of Smaug so angry and shocked. After the screen went black, we all assumed that the film was going to cut to the next scene at Laketown as we waited for Smaug's arrival. After the letdown wore off, my anticipation for the final film began to emerge. I'm looking forward to seeing how Bard the Bowman escapes from the jail he was held in from the previous film, and the moment where he kills the beast with his one black arrow. To go into a little more detail, we all know how much I love Benedict Cumberbatch. I cannot wait to see him/hear him boasting and screaming, as Smaug, as he wastes destruction to the town. Ending with his insane scream/roar as the black arrow stabs his heart as he plummets into the lake to his death. The crew at Weta Digital, the animators/visual effects artists on these films, have stated that Smaug in the second film was really a psychopath and it was about his intelligence. In The Battle of the Five Armies, Smaug "will be a killing machine". That's a scene I'm sure everyone is dying to see.
The Fall of Thorin Oakenshield
This section will have MAJOR SPOILERS. As we saw towards the ending of The Desolation of Smaug, Thorin Oakenshield’s love of gold was getting the better of him as it did to his father and grandfather. He wasn’t going to risk Bilbo for the fate of his quest and didn’t really care when Smaug left to lay waste on the people of Laketown. In the story, Bilbo gets tired of all of the enemies between one another and gives the Arkenstone, the dwarfs’ kings jewel, to Bard the Bowman as a payment for the destruction of Laketown. After finding out about this act of betrayal, Thorin banishes Bilbo from the company. As seen in the teaser trailer Bard asks Thorin, “Will you have piece or war?” Thorin replies by saying, “I will have war!” The fall of Thorin is pretty tragic in that at the beginning of the journey, he just wanted reclaim his long lost kingdom and regain his place as King again. Throughout the journey, Thorin has started suffering the same fate of his linage from the gold sickness. I’m looking forward to seeing all of those emotional scenes play out in the film as well as his death scene, when he reconciles with Bilbo. Which must be the emotional highlight of the film or else everything leading to it would be for nothing.
Gandalf's Rescue from Dol Guldur
Toward the end of The Desolation of Smaug, Gandalf faces off against the Necromancer who is revealed to be Sauron and is trapped at Dol Guldur while the legion of Orcs march toward Erebor for war. As indicated in the banner released for the film, the White Council will indeed rescue the wizard Gandalf from his defeated state. In the teaser trailer it shows Lady Galadriel kissing Gandalf on the forehead. I don’t believe that he is dead, considering his fate in The Lord of the Rings films. I’m excited to see how they escape under the watch of Sauron, or maybe Sauron has left the fortress. The biggest part I’m looking forward to during the rescue is Saruman’s reaction to all of Gandalf’s predictions coming true from An Unexpected Journey. Gandalf has warned the White Council that there was a Necromancer that was planning something horrific "beyond the evil of Smaug". But Saruman was not convinced. I'm excited to see how they all will react to the current state of Middle Earth. That scene should be an exciting/emotional treat.
Continuing Bard's Journey
After Bard the bowman kills Smaug the dragon, he mysteriously disappears. Only to return for battle. What I’m looking forward to seeing from Bard is how a man who was the rebel of his town kills a dragon and becomes the leader of “men” in the battle of the five armies. We have seen images released and a scene revealed in the teaser trailer with Bard talking with Legolas. I’m looking forward to those character moments with Bard interacting with the different armies. Clearly Bard does not want war, but with the choice made by the fallen Thorin to battle, Bard is forced into a dark path. I’m excited to see how Bard has to become a leader in a situation he was so keen preventing and what he will do to protect his own.
The Battle of the Five Armies
Why are we going to see this movie? For “The Battle of the Five Armies” of course! Peter Jackson and the cast has been keen on saying that the battle is unique as it’s really more of an emotional journey of the characters while the epic war is displayed on screen. For those of you who do not know, SPOLIERS, the battle consists of Dwarfs, Orcs, Elves, Men, and Eagles. The emotion is what I am really looking forward to as well as the epic scales of the battle. Following different characters and their arcs across the battlefield. Some questions arouse though. What will become of Tauriel and Kili’s romance? As most of us who know the story know that Kili and many of the dwarves die. I’m curious to see if they will also kill off Tauriel with Kili to deepen the emotion even more. I also wonder when Gandalf arrives, if he will try to convince Thorin from engaging the battle. But more importantly, the series is called “The Hobbit”. More than anything, in the battle I’m looking forward to seeing Bilbo’s point of view through the whole ordeal and how he has distinctively changed from the moment that the dwarves and Gandalf arrives at his house at Bag End.
Thorin vs. Azog - The Fight to the Death
This should have been placed in “The Battle of the Five Armies” section, but this is a crucial moment I’m sure may of us are looking forward to experiencing; the final showdown between Thorin Oakenshield and Azog the Defiler. Ever since the climactic ending of An Unexpected Journey, Azog swore to wipe out the line of Durin and getting rid of the dwarf king (Thorin) for slicing his arm off at the battle of Moria. In The Desolation of Smaug, he had to lead his orc army under the order of the dark lord Sauron, as Azog sent his son Bolg to finish the killing of Thorin and the dwarves. Now that the orcs are reaching Erebor under Azog’s command, do not be so quick to believe that Azog has forgotten about his revenge. In fact, that works out even better for him. While the battle ensues, I am looking forward to seeing Azog fighting his way to Thorin and epically fighting to the death between one or the other. We all know that Thorin dies and I’m betting to say that Azog will die too. Will Thorin’s death come from Azog’s hand or vise versa? That’s a huge moment I think a lot of us are waiting to be unveiled.
There & Back Again
This is why all us fans are waiting so eagerly for the climax. To see the end of Bilbo Baggins’s epic journey, his journey back home, and how the film sets up The Fellowship of the Ring. I’m excited to see Old Bilbo give Frodo the story of his journey for his birthday. We are all looking forward to the epic ending of the Middle Earth Saga, as the poster stars, this is “The Defining Chapter”.
Those are my top moments I am looking forward to seeing/experiencing in [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. But I’m curious, what are you guys looking forward to experiencing/seeing in the film? Do they include the moments I bought up? Are there any moments I didn't mention that you want to bring to light? Whatever they are; comment below, let me know!