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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies #OneLastTime

Before I say anything else, let me make it clear that I love these movies. I would watch the extended edition of the extended edition of the Extended Edition if it existed. Also, this is entirely based on the movies and not the books. I have read the books but it's been a long time, and I think the movies should stand on their own.

For the most part, I enjoyed The Battle of the Five Armies immensely. The battle scenes were intense, and I loved seeing all our old favorites again. Thorin's inner battle with greed was incredibly frustrating and moving. Smaug was just awesome. I love Evangeline Lilly's character, Tauriel, and seeing Galadriel kick some major butt made me incredibly happy (even if it was a little weird).

However, I have to say I'm a little bit unsatisfied with the way things ended. I don't know if this is a product of this small book being stretched into three long movies, or if it just needed a little bit more liberties taken with the ending. The Battle of the Five Armies was basically just one long battle scene (I know, I know, the title should've clued me in). Unlike the other movies, there wasn't much of a story line to this one. Considering how many changes they have made to this series already, I wish they would've added a little bit more to this movie in particular. The ending just felt incomplete, which would make sense if there were going to be more movies, but we already know where the next one begins. And there was a huge gap left in between them.

There are actually a lot of things that I wish that they had expounded on. After following these characters for so long, I would have liked to have known a little bit more about what happened to them, and where they ended up. 


For instance, we know that the men were successful in beating the Orcs, but we don't really know what happened to them afterward. Did Bard the Bowman become king? Did they live peacefully with the dwarves? Did the dwarves help them build their city and give them money? How did that coexistence happen, what did it look like? I'm sure that all happened, but I would've liked to have seen it played out. 

Then there was what happened with the dwarves. Now that Thorin is dead, who is king? Did they stay in the mountain? Did they share the money? Did they give the elves their heirlooms? Is that where the Star of Elendil came from?

I also wish they would have shown a little bit more of what Saruman was up to. It would've been really interesting to see his descent into evil. It was basically just hinted at, kind of. How did he find the palantír?

Also, what happened to Tauriel? She's such a huge character in these movies, and has no role in the Lord of the Rings, so it would've been nice to have some idea of where she ends up and what she does. It felt like there was some kind of romantic tension between her and Legolas, was that all in my head? I mean I know she was in love with Kili, but it seemed like Legolas was in love with her. But he just leaves her, without a second thought, after all that he did to save her, and how loyal he was to her. He didn't even say goodbye. Do they ever see each other again?
Another thing that bugged me was that Alfrid (the conniving assistant to the Master of Laketown) was a pretty big character, who was just pathetic, and cruel, and cowardly. And in the end he just kind of runs off with a bunch of gold, with no consequences. If he played some role in The Lord of the Rings, it wouldn't bother me, but I really would've liked to have seen some sort of justice as far as he was concerned.

And really, couldn't Tauriel and Kili have gotten one good kissing scene? ONE?? Is that too much to ask?

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It's like there was no time for all of these things to be resolved, or further explored. There was a LOT of fighting. Actually the movie was almost entirely one big battle scene. I know that those are good and important, and I love them, but they should have just been part of the story, not the entire thing, in my opinion. And honestly, the battles in LoTR were a lot more creative and intense. The battle strategies were more intelligent and the contraptions they came up with were more elaborate. If you're going to make the whole movie a battle, it should at least be the best battle that we've seen.

I did like the tone of this movie. I like for them to be a little bit more serious, and dark, than the first two Hobbit movies were. But there was no comic relief at all. There was no humor. The other two movies had quite a bit of that, and I wish there had been at least a touch of that.

I know this sounds like I was really unhappy with the movie, and there were a lot of things that bothered me, or left me wanting, but I did still love it. These are probably my favorite movies ever made (with the LoTR movies), which is why I feel so passionately about them. I guess in the end, I just want more.

Will I ever be satisfied? Will it ever be enough? Probably not. I just needed to get my thoughts out there. And see if anyone else felt the same.

If you haven't seen it yet, you definitely still need to get out there and see it, then come back and tell me your thoughts!

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