Thursday, January 1, 2015

Film Review - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The Battle of the Five Armies is the last movie in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy and the Company of Dwarves led by Thorin Oakinshield (Richard Armitage) having now reclaimed the mountain of Ereabor but now their main battle will be to defend it as an army of Orcs led by Azog the Defiler wants to take the mountain as do the Elves.

Going into this film I was hugely excited as I was a big fan of Jackson's Lord of the Rings films as well as the second Hobbit film the Desolation of Smaug which had a brilliant Cliffhanger, could this last move in the Master Plan of adaptating Middle Earth produce one final grand sendoff or would it be an anticlimax.

Sadly one and all this movie falls into the latter category as I was very disappointed in this film but before I delve into those points I will talk about what I did like and that is the opening battle scenes of the Burning of Laketown and the Battle with the nine Ghosts of Men, both of those sequences are just spectacular and for me proved that Jackson could be the heir to Cameron and Spielberg I thought he had become as not only was it exciting to watch but also it had an emotional impact plus Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug is just awesome to watch with his voice making me think "Goodbye Gadget" as I watched.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Luke Evans as Bard, Lee Pace as Thranduil and Armitage are also very good in this film as well and all 5 performers I've mentioned have been the highlight of this new trilogy though Freeman is at his best in the role in this film as he really gives the film an emotional core worth caring about as well as some good humour.

But for all this good work the main battle scenes in this movie are a mess to watch as you have no idea who or where the Armies are, a lot of it looks like Computer Armies fighting it out and there is no sense of geography on the map plus the sense of how this would tie into Lord of the Rings is very badly handled and at one point I went "hang on, that's not what happened."

And so my dear readers 2014 created one last major disappointment for me with this movie, a real shame, 1.5 out of 5.

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