Friday, 26 December 2014

Five days ago saw The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Quite enjoyed it. Both of Benedict's villains taken down surprisingly quickly. Though Saruman doesn't fight Sauron as the trailer seemed to show. But still, impressive seeing the White Council fight the Nazgul and Sauron.

Some of Thorin's madness, such as the Not a Single Coin where he is meant to be like Smaug can look silly. Alfrid's villainy can be a bit over-the-top, down to hiding money while wearing a dress. Radagast didn't appear as much as I would have liked. Still, quite a battle. Elves, Men, Dwarves, Orcs and Eagles. Dain was quite amusing, with his foul mouth and headbutts. Amusing seeing the various Trolls, Trolls with catapults, a Troll with a small hand, a Troll with weapons instead of limbs. Legolas's actions are a bit over-the-top, running up stones, agile leaps, but he is supposed to be a great Elf warrior. Great seeing the eagles fly in with Radagast and Beorn skydiving while skin-changing.

As ever in Tolkien the best you can manage is a Bittersweet ending. Fili and Kili's deaths are suitably tragic. Good they kept in Thorin forgiving Bilbo before his death. Unfortunate Dain's coronation isn't in the theatrical edition. They don't establish what happens to the wealth of Erebor and the Arkenstone. Still, ending ties nicely into Lord of the Rings. Overall, despite some problems, a very enjoyable film.

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