The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Dir. Peter Jackson
Screenplay:Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro
Released: 12th December 2014
Distributed: New Line Cinema
Today’s Festive-Blog-Athon post is a Christmas movie review. Now, you must be wondering what The Hobbit has to do with Christmas… well, this film is the big release of December this year, and so I figured why not? Plus, there are elves in it… and Gandalf could pass as Santa Claus… sort of, if you squint a lot.
I went to watch this with my best friend, Laura, who you saw a guest post from recently. So this is a joint review from us both! This review will be spoiler free because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, and it’s the final instalment in the trilogy.
Well, it’s finally here – we’ve been waiting all year to see this film and it didn’t disappoint.
For those that don’t know, this is an adaptation from the novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. The fairly short novel has been split up into 3 movies that are each over 2 hours long. As you can imagine there are scenes, and narrative threads that have been expanded and added to make the storyline more extensive. This makes the films cinematically engaging, with thrilling battle scenes and touching moments between loved characters.
This as we mentioned is the final act in the 3 part telling, and so each loose end needed to be wrapped up before the credits finished. We thought the ending came together really well and was an explosive ending to the 2 film build up. Also, even though these films were made prior to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the films tie nicely in with the trilogy by acknowledging them. The Hobbit gives a good insight into the world during Sauron’s return, which would please the fans of the Lord of the Rings.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is an incredible watch aesthetically. We believe this film was the best in terms of cinematography, and the CGI was done brilliantly. Particularly during the moments of high drama, and battles the scenes were intense and engaging. The score, produced by the great Howard Shore, was outstanding as usual and really made the film come to life. The music is emotionally charging and with each crescendo or minor note, you feel the characters plight.
For the fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise that have been following the adaptations for over a decade, this is a great film to bid the fans farewell. It’s been said that the credit song, perfectly named ‘The Last Goodbye’ performed by former cast member Billy Boyd, was written for the fans. It is really bittersweet to see this movie because we knew there wouldn’t be another one to look forward to.
We cannot recommend this movie enough. It’s a beautifully crafted piece of cinema that will leave you wanting more.
We wanted to speak about the film in a little more detail, so this section will contain spoilers. If you don’t want to read the following section, please stop here.
We enjoyed the symbolism of Thorin’s gold sickness, and how it’s a metaphor for the evil and greed in the world, which is nicely contrasted by Bilbo’s light and pure character. We love the bond of the company, but Bilbo is able to take a stand to show Thorin what he has become, proving their solid friendship.
We loved that the film has comical moments that were quirky and used to deliver relief from the building tension, for example, Dáin, portrayed by Billy Connolly, who charges in on a an armoured pig telling the Elves to “Sod off”.
We were a little miffed that Fili’s death was overshadowed in comparison to that of Kiili’s and Thorin’s. Once his life was ended he was never really mentioned after that. We would have liked to see the mourning of this death too, considering he was a big part of the company (and an heir to the throne).
We thought it was funny that the second film, The Desolation of Smaug, was built up for the ending of Smaug to be over in about 20 minutes in the Third film. We thought it was a bit rushed and we’d have liked to see him a little longer. What can we say, we love Smaug (and not because he’s voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch at all…).
Please go and see this film, it’s fantastic, and a more than satisfying close to an epic story. Big thanks to Laura for co-writing this review with me, and sharing the final film viewing with me.