REVIEW: The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies (Blogmas Day 16)

On Sunday, my boyfriend and I went to watch the latest Hobbit movie, the final film of three. I’m far from a big fan, but Matt is, so we had to go and see it! I have seen the previous two films, again because Matt has wanted to see them, and I have to say, not an awful lot seemed to happen in them. The three films actually only tell the story from one book, and so it’s understandable that there isn’t lots of action in each movie. This does, however, make me question why they needed to do 3 films in the first place!

I’ll try not to reveal too much, but don’t read on now if you really don’t want to know anything! In comparison to the previous films, the final instalment was all action. As the title suggests, the vast majority of the film (honestly, at least two thirds of the running time) was taken up with the battle, which takes place between the Elves, the Dwarves, the people of Laketown, and two Orc armies (i.e. 5 armies… did you see it coming?!). A small number of dwarves are defending a mountain, which they lost years ago, from which they have just expelled a dragon. The movie starts with the dragon terrorising Laketown, and it is then killed by Bard, who is somewhat of an unassuming hero throughout the film. The Elves then turn up to claim some treasure from the mountain, an army of dwarves arrive to help defend it, and then a huge Orc army arrives to kill anyone and everyone. Nice.

But quite honestly, I actually really enjoyed the film. There were a few odd bits (the head Orc floating underneath the ice, eyes open and watching, halfway through the fight with Thorin [dwarf leader] and accompanied by some massively out-of-place melancholy music, comes to mind), but overall the constant action seems to work. There’s no opportunity to stop and think about what’s happening, because so much is going on, so I actually found it to be quite gripping and attention-grabbing. There was no point where I could get bored! Although I admit I had to keep whispering to Matt, asking who was who and what was going on in some places! I do think that many parts of the Hobbit films can be slightly difficult to follow if you don’t know any background to Middle Earth, or who the people are. Indeed, the first two films are essential viewing if you want to even vaguely understand what’s going on in this one!

This is a bit of a short review, but I can’t think of much else to say. It’s a really decent film, with plenty of action, emotional conflicts, betrayal, trickery, and even a love triangle. If you’ve seen the first two Hobbit films, it’s definitely a film for the whole family (it’s a 12A, so probably not for really little children), and a film which I think everyone will enjoy. As for those who are big fans of the franchise, I’m not so sure. It’s a great ending to the trilogy, in my opinion better than the previous two films, but I don’t know that it’s that amazing. It is, after all, only a big battle. Despite this, it’s definitely worth seeing, and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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