The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, where to begin.
WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS TO THE FILM. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE HOBBIT 3: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES AND DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED, PLEASE COME BACK TO THIS POST AFTER SEEING. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.
After seeing The Desolation of Smaug last year, I had very high hopes for this film. Such high hopes I expected way more than what I received. I showed up to the premier, ready and anxious. Starting off, the credits rolled in with a very intense classic score and I started to get excited again because I knew I was in for a treat. The opening scene to the film, threw me off, with its overly cartoonish look; but then, the dragon Smaug sores over the city of Dale. The civilians frantically trying to escape the dragons wrath. He swoops down, gliding over the city, and with one long fiery breath, he scorches through the middle of Dale. People perish and I start thinking it may get better. Meanwhile, Bard (Luke Evans), is locked up in a prison cell as Smaug destroys Dale. His children escaping the city with Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and the dwarves that were left behind. Bard escapes the cell and hastily sprints to a bellower with his bow and arrows to take down the beast. His arrows do nothing. Bard's son, Bain (John Bell) see's his father on the bellower and goes to him. He reaches the top and gives his father the black arrow, the only thing that can pierce the dragons scales. His bow is in pieces, but he manages to make a makeshift bow using his broken one and Bain's shoulder to aim. He shoots the arrow and it pierces Smaug's heart, he flies in the air in agony before falling into the city.
This was my biggest problem with the beginning of the film. The most interesting antagonist of the whole trilogy, dead within the first ten minutes of the film. I would have loved to have seen this battle go on longer, or at least waited. Granted, it needed to happen, and it's not like Smaug had to travel far. Nevertheless, I liked Smaug and I wish they would've done more with him. At this point I wanted to leave the theater, but my hopes were still high for there highly anticipated 45-minute battle sequence, so I pushed on.
The rest of the film seemed rushed. With the news of the dragon being slain, and Erebor up for grabs, you'd think they'd take more time to show all the sides of who wanted to take Erebor before the initial battle of the five armies. Which really isn't five armies at all. The orcs had two armies, the elves technically had two armies, counting the people of Dale rallying for their share of the treasure to rebuild their home. Because it is a prequel to Lord of the Rings, you already know who lives, since Gandalf is in "danger" being captured by the Necromancer, the fear of loosing him isn't there. Same goes for the rest of the characters who show up in the Lord of the Rings. There wasn't any suspense. The plot was dry, and uninteresting. It seemed to me, that they cut out a lot of the scene, a lot of the shots from the trailer were not in the film, and to me it just seemed like Peter Jackson had lost his passion for the greatness he started fourteen years ago. When it came time for the final battle scene, I was greatly disappointed. The CGI looked cheap, and the acting wasn't interlay spectacular. The characters weren't very relatable and when Fili (Dean O'Gorman) and Kili (Aidan Turner)were killed, I felt no emotional attachment. It didn't affect the film in anyway, expect for Tauriel's character, who was in love with Kili. Even then, I couldn't feel for her in the end. The only part of the film that I felt a little emotion towards was the final words to Bilbo (Martin Freeman) from Throin (Richard Armitage), he admits he was blinded by the power of gold and confesses his friendship toward Bilbo.
The films final scene ends with Bilbo coming back home, and coming back to present day. There's a knock on the door and it's Gandalf, beginning the Fellowship of the Ring. My overall impression of the film is that it was bland. There was nothing to keep me interested and wanting to keep watching. I sat in the theater almost tolerating it, waiting for it to end. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't my favorite. This film just gives Peter Jackson a reason to connect The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings. I'll give the film 6.2 out of 10, for the soul reason that the battle scene was fun to watch, but it surpassed my expectations and I'm sad to say what I thought would be my favorite of the three films was my least favorite.