Meantime, Gandalf, imprisoned in the ruins of Dol Guldûr, seems about to be finished off by the Nine Ring Wraiths, led by the deadliest of their lot, Witch King of the ancient, evil realm of Angmar. Because right now this feels like An Unfinished Journey. The Master of Lake-town and his deputy Alfrid try to evacuate with the town's treasure while the rest of the townsfolk also try to escape. Sometimes they seems to have been copied and pasted by the hundreds. And some of it doesn't even look finished! It might have been sad if I hadn't been waiting around for ten minutes knowing that he would get killed.
Realizing that Bard needs the arrow, Bain grabs a cargo hook, swings out of the boat, and goes to retrieve the Black Arrow from the small boat where he left it hidden. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. It's bad film-making, it's lazy, and it's just an inexcusable, cynical cash-grab. But Jackson sacrificed tone, realism, characterization, and story when he adapted The Hobbit. What happened to the people of Lake-Town? It's little more than a long list of invented battles and love stories to attract a widest possible audience, as well as loads of idiotic storyline to make the story slide into the Lord of the Rings movies as smooth as an Elven ass.
The chemistry between actors is also spot on. Thorin watches Azog float by him beneath the ice, seemingly dead, until the Orc opens his eyes, stabs Thorin in the foot, and bursts through the ice. And than some other things that made no sense, and are left out. If Peter did it for money - I understand. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is my favourite movie of all time. However, I didn't really have that same vibe with the Hobbit films. For The Battle of the Five Armies, it may - I hope - be transformative.
Little do they know that Azog Who is, like, the evilest thing ever. Before he was captured in the previous movie, Bard told Bain to hide the last Black Arrow. The duels were fantastic, it was all riveting. Although I really enjoyed the first and second one, I didn't want to watch the third one because pretty much everyone I knew said it was disappointing. Anyways, I don't want to indulge in my frustration too much because it would be a waste of time.
Bolg overpowers her and throws her against the wall. The people recognize Bard as their savior for killing Smaug. Now the poor boy is dead because he had a crush on a badly written elf which also completely degrades the importance of Legolas and Gimli's friendship. Legolas watches from a distance and gropes for an arrow, but he's all out. Was the movie actually good? This movie, once again, extends Legolas past human bounds, past elven bounds, past the bounds of Newtonian physics, as he sprints, newly cyan eyes shining, on falling bricks and hangs from bats. Meanwhile, Gandalf is rescued from the Necromancer's prison and his rescuers realize who the Necromancer is. The orcs fight alongside a large army of wolves in the book, but they chose to just have 2 armies of orcs fighting alongside a handful of trolls, some bats, and maybe a few wolves.
Sadly, even though one feels these scenes should be in center, the movie chooses to focus on dull battle sequences. And I have been generally disappointed with Peter Jackson's take on The Hobbit since the beginning. In return for their aid, the Poles agree to give control of the Steps to the Cossacks. This is fairly damning criticism for a Middle-earth movie, usually so luxurious and layered in its sense of a unique world. The Durins Thorin, Kili, Fili didn't get a funeral.
He manages to makes his battles very intimate, despite the chaos that you see on the screen. Well I watched it today and was so disappointed in myself for giving too much credit to what other people think over what Peter Jackson presented through the film's two predecessors. Looking back, I think that this film was intended to split audiences. There is a lot of clichés, stupid Matrix-like action scenes and, worst of all, the forced love story between Kili and Tauriel. Fabulous' Thranduil, is also moving towards Erebor, resulting in a literal clash of the titans. The dragon taunts Bard and his son as Bard aims the black arrow while balancing it on Bain's shoulder, using a makeshift bow he rigs out of his broken one.
Jackson abused the mythos, struck out trying to turn a lighthearted children's book into a trio of Serious Epics, and created bloated, endless action scenes that did nothing to legitimately advance the plot before this film, the barrel-battle and the golden dragon-dip were the most egregious. So, to sum it up, if you expect a thrilling experience, you're out of luck. If you cut and paste the hobbit onto a movie, you get a very bad film. Is that Frodo and Sam at Minas Morgul or Legolas and Tauriel at Gundabad? They just stand in the background. Yes, this movie does have to be seen and it should be viewed on a big screen.
It strikes the dragon, hitting the weak spot in his armor. But this can't be forgiven for the Hobbit. I have disregarded the book in this review, because the book was ruined back in Desolation of Smaug. I could cite more examples, but I'm bumping up against the word limit. There isn't any of the practicality from the first movies and it shows so bad. It's stomach churning how Peter Jackson has combined a love for extreme violence and an eye for juvenile gags and unbelievable characters, and in a beloved, classic setting. Now, here we are in 2014, with the conclusion to the Hobbit films, The Battle of the Five Armies.
Granted, some of the battle scenes were innovative. Thorin was presented at first as this trilogy's Aragorn. I consider them to be the best trilogy of all time. I am certain that action fans think this is a fitting end to this adventure but as a fan of the books and the previous films I for one am offended by what was put in front of me. However, the sequence loses me a bit by cutting away to the Master of Lake-Town and Alfrid, who I guess were meant to be comic relief, but I ended up wishing they'd die. Note to self: Never see a 3D film again. He felt so much love for the world and characters he created, and put so much time, effort and feelings into his work.