The latest installment of the Middle-Earth Saga hit theaters just the other day. "The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies" is the final thrilling piece of Peter Jackson's version of the classic Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien.
SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK OR SEEN THE MOVIE AND DON'T WANT IT RUINED DO NOT READ MORE.
The movie picks up right where the last one left off. The Desolation of Smaug begins, and he basically wrecks everybody.
This demolition of life only lasts a few minutes into the movie, and the plot soon gives way to move the main story forward.The men of Lake town and the Elves of Mirkwood come to Thorin Oakenshield so he can honor the promises he made in the previous movies. He decides he's going to let both of their nations fend for themselves. He's got his gold and he's finna go crazy.
Meanwhile, the awkwardly CGI orc army is also headed to the Lonely Mountain. From there it escalates into a 45 minute climax of what can plainly be called, "Battle of Five Armies".
The first thing that stood out to me about this movie was the image composition. Most scenes were average for a Peter Jackson movie, which is already pretty good. But there were a few shots that were set up so extremely well, they were some of the most dynamic and interesting shots I've witnessed in a while.
This movie was a great blend of action, drama, and humor. I thought a 45 minute battle would get so boring and mundane, but Jackson managed to keep a good level of intensity. The battle was somewhat reminiscent of the epic final battle of Return Of The King. Billy Conolly was a great addition as Dain Ironfoot, Thorin's crazy and hog riding cousin.
Speaking of hog riding, the modes of transportation in this movie were beyond fantastic. There was the hog, bats, eagles, at one point a few dwarves were riding armoured rams up the mountainside, and of course there's Thranduil's sweet ride.
For everything this movie did well, Peter Jackson must have felt the need to try and balance it out with something terrible. There would be those high intensity moments where the music would cut out, and the intensity would rise. That was great. But sometimes it would happen at weird times and there would be a super awkward moment lodged inside of a serious moment, making it all weird and kind of tainting it.
And then there was the painfully awkward and unnecessary love affair between Tauriel and Kili. It wasn't too much of a nuisance to me, until it came to the point of wrapping up in the movie. They combined predictability and a pair of the most cliche lines ever written to create what was easily the worst part of this project. This scene literally made me cringe and groan. In summary, the whole thing was weird, it never happened in the book, and it turned Legolas into an dark, brooding character.
All in all, I believe Peter Jackson did a good job in making a movie about struggle, hope, and enduring friendships. The end of the movie leads the viewer right to The Fellowship of the Ring, to continue the chronicles of the Ring.
The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies wasn't without its shortcomings, but it is a movie well worth a watch and a recommendation.
This was just my opinion, what did you guys think?