So why so much contempt? Every one of those films were more violent than any that we saw in the Hobbit films. After reaching Erebor and encountering the dragon Smaug, Five Armies assemble for an epic battle that could decide the future of all in Middle-earth. So 100 years from now, what are they going to be now? And those qualities are married to a thematic depth missing from its bedtime story source. And even then it has big problems and bigger disappointments in store for fans; particularly fans of Tolkien's original book. Jackson didn't have a burning desire to make The Hobbit trilogy, though; signing on only after Guillermo del Toro bowed out. This was, after all, the stage of the story where Professor Tolkien finally foregrounded politics and ethics and the machinations of characters ahead of adventure.
Prepare to be surprised nevertheless. Thranduil and Bard are eventually sidelined, without the compelling closure to their arcs The Desolation of Smaug seemed to promise. And ultimately the audiences for movies are beginning to dwindle that it's becoming a very serious issue for the industry. For more about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-ray release, see the published by Kenneth Brown on November 9, 2015 where this Blu-ray release scored 4. I did enjoy the first trilogy, and thought that the changes Jackson did to the story were sometimes understandable, sometimes acceptable. The story then enters its most intriguing phase: a kind of psychodrama involving Thorin Richard Armitage and his sickening relationship with gold and power.
The extended cuts of An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and now The Battle of the Five Armies take three bloated, over-stuffed movies and make them even fatter. If the unnecessary Dol Guldur scenes and the Tauriel storyline were skipped, every good part from the book which is now cut out would have easily fit in. Director: Writers: , , , , Starring: , , , , , Producers: , , , , , ». The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 3D 2014 Screenshots from another edition of The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug's lair; but, can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? Interestingly, Jackson visibly suffers the consequences of his decision, finding himself in a predicament he's never encountered on a Rings project. Set in Middle-earth 60 years before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom from the fearsome dragon Smaug.
And it isn't long before that dissatisfaction breeds disappointment. It's clear Smaug should have been dealt with -- to completion -- by the end of the second film. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of dwarves on a journey into wild, treacherous lands swarming with beasts of every ilk. Freeman's scenes with Armitage and McKellan are among the film's best, Pace exudes authority and fury with unnerving focus, the Company actors seize a number of sequences and declare them their own Turner, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott and Dean O'Gorman chief among them , and Lilly flexes her dramatic muscle, even as Tauriel remains one of Jackson's more controversial additions to the story. But when clouds and fog unexpectedly roll in, they quickly realize that getting off the mountain is going to be a real challenge. Movie magic gives way to cheap tricks, character drama is often minimalized, and too much heavy lifting is left to the always excellent cast, who aren't given much to work with in Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens' grunt-heavy screenplay. Neither version amounts to a terrible film.
Meanwhile, half a world away, Gandalf Ian McKellan had been captured by the Necromancer also Cumberbatch , who was revealed to be that ancient evil, Sauron. Earlier this month there was a that the Extended Edition of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies would be rated R. With Smaug and the Necromancer out of the way among other developments, like Bard's semi-reluctant rise to leader of men , it's on to the protracted second act of The Battle of the Five Armies. he does, and spoiler for those who have not yet watched the ten-minute scene that made this obvious kills Thorin. He is, and his joy oozes out of each shot, scene and delirious clash of the Tolkien titans. Come on, the entire battle was about the gold.
I think Peter Jackson forgot that this story is called The Hobbit because Bilbo is supposed to be the main character, not Thorin. Battle of the 25 Armies plus a couple of random giant mountain goats and a pig thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, that self-parody is arguably made even more apparent in the strangely hyper-violent 164-minute Extended Edition cut. As a fan of the books I already know the answer, but the movie didn't really care to explain this important part of the story. It's as if, after all the complaints about splitting a pamphlet of a novel into three parts, Peter Jackson is playing a joke on us: This is what you get when you ask for Middle-earth-lite.
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Thorin seems overmatched until an army led by Dwarf-Lord Dain, Thorin's kinsman, approaches from the Iron Hills to the northeast. Bilbo is further relegated to the proverbial bench, with almost nothing of significance to do beyond delivering the Arkenstone to Lee Pace's Thranduil. Let's not forget about the scene wherein Legolas grabs a flying bat, or when Bard uses his son Bain to shoot an arrow, which should make him fall but somehow it doesn't, or when Dain and Thorin decide to hug in the middle of a battle, or when Azog somehow manages to float and dramatically opens his eyes. Still, it's perfectly in step with Jackson and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie's intentions and quite stunning on the whole, not to mention free from significant artifacting, banding, aliasing and other issues.
Beorn basically got fifteen seconds, if not less, screen time in the last installment of this trilogy. The industry has to have the audience in order to make these films. It might have been sad if I hadn't been waiting around for ten minutes knowing that he would get killed. 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. By now we should all be braced for Super Legolas and his physics-defying fighting style. Armitage and Bilbo provide the best performances of the film - mostly internal; mostly in the eyes - and their farewell is one of the more moving moments in a trilogy that has largely prioritised humour over pathos.