Exploring the art of storytelling.
Bilbo was the heart of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” He is the whole reason why the Hobbit series works. And in fact, it isn’t just Bilbo, it is Martin Freeman. He brings humanity, humor, and hope to this story. His portrayal of Bilbo has made me fall in love with the character and his journey.
There were some really cool scenes and images in “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.” The setting and scenery was breathtaking. One example was the waterfall where Thorin and Azog battled. It was beautiful, yet eerie when the dark blood flooded the frozen waterfall, contrasting against the pale colors.
My favorite scene in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was after the battle was over, and Bilbo was trying to digest everything that had happened. He sat, mourning the loss of his dear friend, Thorin. Gandalf sat beside him, attempting to light his pipe. Gandalf interrupted Bilbo’s grieving process, and Bilbo just stared at Gandalf for about a full minute waiting for Gandalf to finish. This scene brought light and life to the tragic ending.
The best lines from “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” came from Dain as he insulted Thranduil. “I’ll split his pretty head open; see if he’s still smirking then,” he said, and of course, Thranduil responded with a smirk. I’m glad that the creators found a way to poke fun at pretty boy Thranduil, and it was even more satisfying that Thranduil took it as a compliment.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (the previous film) ended with Smaug flying towards the city of Dale about to smother it in fire. Not having read the book, I thought this event would be part of the battle of the five armies (Smaug being one of the armies). I was obviously wrong, and it only took about the first five minutes of the film for both the city and dragon to fall. The creative team made such a big deal about this scene in the last movie, so I thought it was going to have a lot of significance in this film, but that wasn’t the case.
Another aspect that threw me off about the opening of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was that it literally started off right where the last film ended. There was no explanation or subtle recap. Unfortunately, I hadn’t watched “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” recently, so I was totally caught off guard when this film started. For one thing, I totally forgot that Gandalf was captured. All of this made the already rushed opening scene even harder to follow. I recommend that everyone watch the “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” before seeing “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
Tauriel’s storyline in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was boring and clichéd. I had difficulty believing that her and Kili were actually in love. It was evident that they were attracted to one another, but love is an entirely different story. Tauriel and Kili’s dialogue was sappy and forced. I feel like Peter Jackson just put this storyline into the movie to add romance, but it wasn’t very satisfying.
Both Legolas and Tauriel’s storylines were pointless. In “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” they travelled all the way to Mount Gundabad just to turn back around. Granted, because of this, they were able to warn the others of the fifth army… But still, they made such a big deal of Mount Gundabad not to do anything there. Also, what was that whole thing about Legolas’ mother? Legolas mentioned his mother’s demise to Tauriel while they were at Mount Gundabad, and at the end, Thranduil told Legolas that his mother loved him. It was very random since Legolas was a minor character and his mother was never mentioned in the previous films. As much as Peter Jackson wanted Legolas to have a significant role in the Hobbit series, his storylines were unnecessary and underdeveloped.
As we’ve seen, Peter Jackson used more CGI in the Hobbit series than the Lord of the Rings series. I’d become accustomed to seeing CGI orcs, but never did I think I’d see a CGI dwarf. Dain was the only dwarf in the whole series who was CGI. Why?
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” but it was just ok for me. I enjoyed the rest of the series more though- I’m a person who appreciates more humor and heart, and less violence and fighting scenes. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was a cinematic masterpiece, and I am sad to see the stories of Middle Earth come to an end.