For what was meant to be a climactic end to a supposedly grand trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies relies too much on it’s super long fight scene to build suspense that just isn’t forthcoming. Turns out it is pretty hard to turn a single book into three good movies. It’s impressive visual qualities make you want to like it but unfortunately we can’t always have what we want.
Trailers, trailers, trailers. Every single god damn time I get sucked into the Hobbit fever for just a minute and am left leaving the cinema with this feeling of, “what was the need to make this thing into three movies… why!” If you are one of the people who saw Lord of the Rings and complained that it was a whole lot of walking and nothing really happens, why is this so boring?, then I urge you to steer away from everything that The Hobbit has to offer.
The Battle of the Five Armies for the most part is the culmination of the power trip of Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thrain. Throughout the movie we catch up with almost everyone once again, from Gandalf to Galadriel. The stories all end up intertwining into this battle in what you would think would be an incredibly climactic and gripping battle. To be fair, there are moments within the battle sequences that are truly fantastic. Thorin’s solo fight with the big papa orc Azog, is one of the more memorable scenes in the film and the fight itself is really interestingly put together. Unfortunately the rest is not as swell.
Characters I actively disliked: Thranduil, Legolas, Thorin, Galadriel and oddly enough Stephen Fry’s Master of Laketown. The problem with this is, Thorin is essentially the protagonist, Thranduil and Legolas play major roles in the story and Galadriel turns up to use all her power to save Gandalf and is then just done? Whatever your opinion of the characters in the movie and their roles within the story, the lack of a good plot shines through like an awful beacon of mediocrity.
The main problem with BFA is that a fight sequence that literally takes up half of the film does not feel satisfying for the most part bar some small moments of “Holy shit that’s fantastic.” It is the kind of battle that would be great as a 20 minute scene that closes out a single movie with everything feeling somewhat fresh and exciting. Instead it’s a few minutes of orcs v dwarves and then a couple of minutes of the elves joining in then Gandalf comes to help and so on and so forth.
I long ago discarded with any idea that these Hobbit films would be anywhere near the calibre of Jackson’s LotR trilogy, and in doing so my anticipation has generally been kept in check, at appropriate levels. This in a way was a blessing. No they aren’t as good. And no, they aren’t great movies at all, I wouldn’t even call them good. But at least I didn’t really expect it to be any good. So now that this is all over, and there will not be another Hobbit film in my lifetime and hopefully beyond, we must say goodbye to Mordor and Tolkien’s middle-earth. Or do we. Awaiting the news that The Silmarillion will be directed by Guillermo Del Toro and released in December 2019. See you all then friends.
For what was meant to be a climactic end to a supposedly grand trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies relies too much on it's super long fight scene to build suspense that just isn't forthcoming. Turns out it is pretty hard to turn a single book into three good movies. It's impressive visual qualities make you want to like it but unfortunately we can't always have what we want.