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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' A Beautiful Disaster

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The final chapter of ‘The Hobbit’ was a beautiful assortment of swords and dissapointing deaths.

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' A Beautiful Disaster

The Hobbit trilogy has come to an end with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies bringing some aspects of the novel to the big screen but overindulging in the climactic battle.

The film revolves around the final battle that takes place for control of the Lonely Mountain and the dwarven treasure inside. Thorin (Richard Armitage) is driven mad by all of the treasure that has been lying around in the mountain, Gandalf (Ian McKellen) is still trapped by Sauron (Benedict Cumberbatch), Bard (Luke Evans) must save Lake-town from Smaug (Cumberbatch). For the rest of the movie the tension between Thorin and everyone rises as they must put aside their problem and come together to defeat Azog’s army of orcs.

All of the action and new content that was included in this final chapter took away from the details that were presented in between everything. Overall The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was an entertaining movie with beautifully designed landscapes but it all drew to a disappointing end.

It’s understandable that the movie is about the final battle but unfortunately it neglected important aspects of the storyline. Even though it does touch briefly on some of the material from the novel it goes right back to the sword and arrow action sequences.

With the last two movies building a deep enough background for each character this one still managed to tack on more details to certain characters. Legolas (Orlando Bloom) tells Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) that he never met his mother because she was killed in a battle with orcs from the north. That is reinforced when Thranduil tells him that his mother loved him, and ends the father and son tension.

Thorin’s dragon sickness helped build on to his character with the help of Balin and Bilbo. Bilbo becomes concerned about Thorin’s behavior and finds Balin crying because he is concerned for him as well. Balin reveals that Thorin’s grandfather, Thrain, died because of the madness that dragon sickness induces. When Thorin’s voice begins to resemble Smaug’s it adds depth to the sickness and how much it transformed Thorin.

The Battle of the Five Armies still caused many fans (such as yours truly) to become emotionally invested in each dwarf, Gandalf and Bilbo. This is one thing that each movie has successfully managed to do without a problem.

Following these characters on their journey from the Shire to the Lonely Mountain makes you feel as concerned about Thorin as Balin and the rest of the dwarves did. Balin’s crying and emotionally distraught face tugged at heart strings. Fili and Kili’s awareness and care for each other enables you to feel the love that they have other through the movie.

Fans who have a particular connection to  J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit novel might be extremely disappointed by the ending. The final scenes of The Battle of the Five Armies were upsetting because of how tied some may be to each character and how much it deviated from the book. Without spoiling too much all we can reveal is that people die even though no one died in the novel.

Overall The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was an entertaining movie to see for the holidays. But as someone who has read the book it was just that and nothing more.

At least we have Billy Boyd’s “The Last Goodbye” to make things a little better.

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Comments (1)
  1. Jesse Cooper's profile

    Jesse Cooper

    February 12th, 2015 @20:25

    "Without spoiling too much all we can reveal is that people die even though no one died in the novel." Actually, if you take the time to read the novel properly, you'll find that 3 major characters die.

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