The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

There’s a forgiving fan in me, who is simply happy to see familiar characters and places, when viewing a movie attached to a franchise, which I love. While watching “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” – Peter Jackson’s final entry in the Middle-Earth saga – I enjoyed myself in spite of the cold truth: The final film of the “Hobbit” trilogy confirms that it wasn’t worth the 8.5 hours of material spread over three years of our lives to explore Middle Earth before Frodo would go on a quest to save it.

Throughout these three movies, I faithfully believed that even under the studio pressure to milk this series for every last drop, Jackson and Co. would conceive worthwhile expansions to this short children’s novel. However, it turns out that nearly every subplot, distracting us from the journey of the title character, lacks a satisfying payoff.

BzR5jdsIcAAEpJvThe growing love between a young dwarf and a beautiful warrior elf lady; wizards searching for the Necromancer (aka Sauron); Bard’s leadership of the Laketown people, and the demonic White Orc’s ill-fated mission to wipe out the dwarves, are all unnecessary additions which lead to boring exposition and tedious action scenes.

A great amount of attention in this film, is given to Bard (Luke Evans), man of the people, who is fighting for the survival of his refugee townsfolk and his children. In more than one scene, he hilariously jeopardizes their lives in the process of saving them.

Whenever Martin Freeman is onscreen as Bilbo Baggins, something is incredibly right with the movie. Casting him as a younger version of a character played by Ian Holm turned out to be worth the risk. Freeman brings all the whimsical anxiety of this reluctant hero summoned to adventure, which is pretty much what the book was all about. When you think about it. These movies seem to have gotten most of the original story right. It’s what’s been added that brings them down.

Seriously, aspiring movie editors of the 21st century, get to work on these. There’s a very good single movie buried beneath this trilogy of waste and it must be uncovered. I really want to see it!  VT

Bennett Duckworth is a film fanatic who lives in Louisville and goes to see a movie in the theater at least once a week. He has kept a movie review blog since September of 2011 with the mission of writing about every new release he sees, as well as new trends in film making and classic films he loves. Read more of his reviews at his website at www.bennettduckworth.blogspot.com.