The last couple of Wednesday’s I have reviewed The Hobbit Pt 1 and Pt 2 so for today’s post I complete my review of the trilogy.
If you read my review of the Unexpected Journey, I found the movie a snoozefest and a bit too Disney for my liking. My review of The Desolation of Smaug comes to a similar conclusion, at 2 hours and 41 minutes, the movie is way too long though it is slightly darker than the first.
Fortunately, The Battle of the Five Armies, at 2 hours and 24 minutes is the shortest of the lot; unfortunately, though it is shorter, it is also less enjoyable than Pt 2 and only slightly more enjoyable than Pt 1.
Things I didn’t like:
- The love triangle between Tauriel, Legolas, and Kili seems contrived; fortunately, it draws to its inevitable conclusion and Kili dies; what do you expect from interspecies love where one species (Elves) lives for thousands of years and the other (Dwarves) a few hundred at best. It would have never ended well;
- The orc about to kill Gandalf when Galadriel shows up in the nick of time; if Sauron and his army led by Azog wanted to kill Gandalf why did they leave it to some junior officer orc?
- Bilbo, presumably the primary protagonist of the tale, is missing for chunks of it;
- Legolas running up stone steps as they fall away; yes, we get it Legolas has superhuman balance and is as light on his feet as a feather but this is just OTT.
Things I’m indifferent about:
- The middle section of the movie drags on; with Smaug gone, Thorin holes up in the mountain; the elves arrive demanding treasure; humans arrive demanding treasure; the dramatic tension builds at a snails pace…;
- The CGI battle of the 5 armies; a couple of nice set pieces but most of it gets old really quick.
Things I loved:
- Bard vs. Smaug; what a cracking start to the movie! As Smaug torches Laketown and stares down Bard, only for Bard to aim the arrow and shoot Smaug through the heart, hitting the only spot on Smaug’s underbelly that was not armored;
- Sauron and the nine Wring Wraiths vs. Galadriel, Saruman and Elrond; I admit I watched this scene about a dozen times on YouTube. I love listening to the “black speech” as the shadow recites the “one ring” poem. Interesting aside: According to the LOTR Wikia, “the only example given of ‘pure’ Black Speech (in Tolkien’s books) is the inscription upon the One Ring: ‘Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.'” I listened to the black speech that Sauron / the wraiths speak in this scene and they do not use these lines. I guess the script writer had to invent black speech phrases for the scene. In my opinion, he/she did a good job;
- Dain, the pig riding, Scottish dwarf general! That was funny 🙂
- I just love Cumberbatch as Smaug; sorry, I guess I have a bit of a man crush on Cumberbatch ever since Sherlock;
- Martin Freeman as Bilbo;
What did you think of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? Comment below and let me know.