As a child, I grew up on a steady movie diet, which consisted primarily of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. When I discovered that the Hobbit would be receiving a trilogy of its own, I was ecstatic. What more could Director Peter Jackson show us and amaze us with?
“An Unexpected Journey” gave the new trilogy some promise.
“The Desolation of Smaug” left some room for improvement and left some movie-goers nervous.
“The Battle of the Five Armies” was a mild disappointment that gave off the notion that the cast and crew of the movies were just eager to get back home and curl up with a book in their own personal Hobbit holes— much like poor Bilbo Baggins.
“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” definitely did have a lot of action. Usually, this would cause the movie to move along at a quicker pace. But instead, I found myself checking the time on my phone constantly throughout the movie, waiting to find when the next plot point would happen.
Except for a lively beginning with Smaug the Dragon reigning terror on the people of Laketown, the rest of the movie’s plot moved along at a drearily slow pace, laced with awkward, forced humor — including in the 45 minutes of straight carnage between the five armies. It was, in that sense, uninteresting and took away from the tone of the film.
Do not be misguided, the movie had quite a few redeeming qualities, but the negatives just outshine and outlast all of them.
The filmmakers accomplished what they set out to do, tell Bilbo Baggins’ story and how the ”one ring” made its way into our protagonist’s hands. Sure, they may have added unnecessary characters and love affairs–I’m looking at you, Kili and Tauriel–but if it weren’t for those aspects, the movie would have even less depth.
The film could have been made in two movies, and the outcome of “Battle of the Five Armies” definitely exemplifies that idea. In an effort to extend the one book story into three films, the outcome was that of a dragging on second and third film, just building up to an anticlimactic battle scene and ending.
Walking out of the cinema as the credits began to roll, there was a silence that seemed to be saying what everyone else was thinking in regards to the concluding chapter of the Middle Earth tales.
“Well, glad that’s over.”
Final Review: The Hobbit Trilogy 6/10, Battle of the Five Armies: 5/10
Photo Credit: Warner Bros.