Hi there! Have you seen The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies yet? If so I hope you liked it, because I sure did. Here's a quick walk-through of the movie (through my eyes ofcourse).
The Beginning of the End
First of all: here in Holland (where i come from) you sit in the movie theatre and just wait for the movie to start. But before it does you have to sit through 15-30 minutes of pour advertising of beer, other movies and so on. (Starting to feel pity for me already?)
When the movie finally started I was already blown away in the first few seconds. I had to remeber everything and everyone from the first to movies (it had been a long time since I'd seen them) instantly, so I was sucked into it at once. What I didn't get was why it started with what I thought would be 'the battle' of the movie. In my head I figured there would be a badass battle between Smaug and 4 armies (5 if you don't count Smaug as 1 big army monster), but that did not seem to be the case. The awesome level was so high that when it was over I wanted to applaud and walk away like the movie was already over. But that wouldn't seem to be happening...
Don't you just love the Arkenstone? I know I do. Maybe I'm cursed too...
After the battle with Smaug you can relax again for a few minutes. Still, in those minutes you're going to get more sucked into the movie then you were before. Some people don't like the parts were there is no action, but I believe those parts are what makes a movie great. You can't just watch a 2,5 hour movie without some rest and peace for your eyes. Those swords, all that blood and fast moving fighting scene's make me blink more then I normally should.
So, we return to our brotherhood of dwarves. Don't you just love them? They're home again and everything is back to normal. Except for the fact that Thorin is 'cursed'. He's obsessed with finding the Arkenstone and when they showed the dwarves looking for it in all the mountains of gold that lay before them my eyes went looking with them. I did not remember where it was or who had it until they showed the flashback of Bilbo taking it in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. What a brilliant thief he is! Also in this movie he amazes me with the strenght, courages and maneuvers of a 'simple' Hobbit. The way he just climbs out of the mountain and gives Gandalf the Arkenstone, likes it's nothing, is brilliant. And I just kept wondering: 'Oh dear, what if Thorin found out..'
The White Council
I loved this part! The real beginning of The Lord Of The Rings is seen here (if you don't count Bilbo finding the ring / stealing it from Sméagol). The fight that happens between the white council and the Nazgûl is even more brilliant. Let alone the part where we see Sauron again. How cool was that?
Than we have Galadriel, who does some pretty cool stuff to protect Gandalf. I don't believe there's anyone more epic then Galadriel. And Radagast was present again, even if only for a few seconds. He brings a smile to my face everytime he shows up on screen. When I saw Saruman helping Gandalf I just thought: 'Get away from him you traitor!' But ofcourse at this time he had not made a deal with Sauron yet (or did he..?) I don't have much to say about Elrond. I don't particularly like him, since he held back Arwen from doing what she wanted and loved in The Lord of the Rings. But still, I was happy to see him coming to the rescue.
When Everything Comes Together
I don't know how they did it, but in those 2,5 hours that I watched the movie I kept feeling amazed and dumbfounded over and over again! Like so when one by one all the armies come together and battles each other. Whenever an army went to battle the others i started to recount how many where involved up until that point. (I have a habit of wanting to figure out everything, even the littlest things, that are happening in a movie) After the movie ended I still did not find the last army. So I started my internet search and found the following on a forum (i guess) called Science Fiction & Fantasy where my question was already asked: 'Who was the fifth army in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?' The one asking the question made a list of the once I already knew, being:
Now, here is where it gets complicated (at least for me). There are two ways of counting the five armies, looking at what/who you want to count as an army or not. For the ones who prefere the book we got the following list:
• Goblins (orcs)
• Wargs (wolves)
All because of the following sentence:
So began a battle that none had expected; and it was called the Battle of Five Armies, and it was very terrible. Upon one side were the Goblins and the Wild Wolves, and upon the other were Elves and Men and Dwarves. This is how it fell out.
But we also have a list for the ones who prefer to stick to the movie and the list which comes with it:
• Men from the Lake Town under Bard
• Elves from Mirkwood under Thranduil
• Dwarves from the Iron Hills under Dain
• Orcs from Dol Guldur, under Azog
• Orcs/goblins from Gundabad, under Bolg
Last but not least I want to point out that if these are the lists we go with there is an army people seem to underestimate or just simply forget: the eagles. How many times did the eagles flew to the rescue of our heroes? How many times did they sacrifice their lives for them? And how do they keep finding them in their most desperate times? (yes Gandalf, but not in this movie) I hope you remember the eagles, because I sure do!
A New Beginning
I cried at the end. No shame here. When I watch a movie I really watch it. I don't get distracted by anything. I get sucked into this magical world full of wonders and possibilities and if I had a choice I wouldn't want to get out. All the lives that were lost broke my heart. The sacrifices some of them made and how some of them (like Thorin for example) died but still won. And how the end is actually the beginning of the first The Lord of the Rings movie. It all just made me cry even more! And made me want to watch all the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies all over again!
I hope you liked my review. Do you agree with me? Or do you have a different opinion? I would very much like to know! Please be sure to leave a comment below and thanks for reading my review!