The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies was beautifully done. The detail was outstanding, and the story was very original along with a few twists. It was very impressive how the film was to unfold. This will contain a brief summary of the film. If you have not read the book or have not seen the other films...SPOILERS AHEAD! We see many hints to the films that come after it. Viewers hear the story of the "rings" Which leads to the introduction of Sauron. Saruman hints of his dramatic change when he says, "Let me deal with Sauron." Finally, Legolas is told by his father meet up with the one from Dunedain named Strider, a slight nod to Aragorn. Aside from the nods to the other films ahead of this one. We see growth from the characters and its beautiful. Thorin realizes what he is becoming and decides to help fight his enemies with the allies that have arrived. The Eagles come in right where there is no hope left and it was amazing. A few other cameos of the previous characters when they arrive with the eagles. As the battle unwinds and we see the aftermath, it is filled with sorrow and depressing emotion. Three of the dwarfs die in the battle including the leader Thorin. While staying true to the book in the end, the emotion that the scenes were filled with was painful. With the death of the dwarfs the story concludes with the dwarfs separating with Bilbo. The final goodbye in the adventure. Which concludes with a very notable reference to a film which continues this story.
The visual effects within the film were outstanding. The battle was beautiful init of itself. With the carnage of the battle there was beauty. The detail was very impressive and the characters really seemed like they were real. Some points in the film many can tell the massive amount of CGI used, but in this film it is excused. The action sequences are pushed to the limit in the film. Almost questionable at times. In any event the scenes were quite enjoyable and entertaining. The live action parts are similar to what you would expect. Like in the other Lord of the Rings films the live action scenes were choreographed wonderfully and same goes with this film. The danger presence was high when it came to those kind of moments. At moments there was unison, where all the elves draw their bows at the same time was...badass? Is that the word I'm looking for? Yes it is. The film in a whole was wonderful and a prefect way to end the epic three part adventure.
The acting was just perfection in every way. The growth of the characters was impressively well done throughout the films. This does not just single out this film. It includes the whole three part adventure. The character leave and impact on you which can be very hard in films sometimes. With the topic of characters the one that leaves the biggest question for the fans is...Tauriel, the woodland she elf. As she was only created for the films alone and did not appear in the novel originally its her character that leaves the question, Why didn't she die? She is the one character besides Legolas who aggravates the fans. They were not part of the novel why add them? Tauriel was added to give a bigger perspective on the Wood Elves another reason is because the cast was mainly men and needed to have some sort of balance. But she doesn't appear in the other films. Why keep her alive? Who knows! Though Legolas was just amazing as usual like in the other films the moves he uses in battles were impressive and fun. Even though Legolas appears in the later films, he still isn't in the novel. Sure there were other characters that didn't need to appear in the films, but it worked out anyway.
The ending of the film is much like the beginning of the trilogy. A clever nod to The Fellowship of the Ring. Nothing will be mentioned about the ending. though it ended it perfectly. The ending song was moving, if you didn't hear of the ending song, its in one of the trailers for the film. Just how the film ended was a beautiful way to conclude the adventure the viewers were on for the last three years. A thank you, for being part of the epic story which took three years to be told.
I would like to thank you for reading my review. I hope you enjoyed the film as much as I did. If you didn't see the film, what are you waiting for? Go! If you have anything to add, favorite part of the film, something you agree with in the review, or just want to mention how great the film was please comment! Again thank you and Happy Holidays!