The Hobbit. The Battle of Five Armies: Review/Gush

One of my favorite books of all time.

I just saw The final Hobbit, The Battle of Five Armies. I cried 6 times.

I really wasn’t a huge fan of the first two Hobbit movies. I liked them don’t get me wrong, but they didn’t compare to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are a little easier to understand and less intense. But oh how I loved the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy. Even though he added characters that I wasn’t too fond of, what he did with them ended up adding a lot to the movie that I really liked. (But goodness, the Kili/Tauriel love thing is so cheesy and weird – still dont get or like that). This movie was so good. It’s hard to believe it’s really over.

There are no words to describe how much I love J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle Earth. I am a die-hard fan through and through and I always will be. There has been rumor that Peter Jackson will do the Silmarillion, and rumor that he will not. But it’s hard for me to believe that the franchise really ends with this movie. Though the franchise would end on a high note from this latest installment I think (and hope) that there will be more in the future. Tolkien has made such a thorough world and there are stories upon stories that could be developed into movies, and I hope they will be. From the Silmarillion to the Histories of Middle Earth and the Children of Hurin.

I will definitely be going back to the movies to watch it again. I loved how they stayed true to the story (for the most part), and I liked the way that Jackson took information from other works than the Hobbit to give the viewer some more history and insight to Middle Earth. For example, in the Hobbit book, Gandalf leaves but the reader doesn’t know where he goes since it is from Bilbo’s perspective. Within the movies, Jackson has pulled from other Tolkien works to fill in the gaps of the story. I loved that. There is more insight to the wraiths, Sauron coming to power, and how he came to be in Morder.

Now, things I didn’t like so much. I still don’t like Tauriel. But she wasn’t as annoying to me in this movie, and I ended up appreciating her more, but still no love. Now Legolas. Let’s just take a moment. He is my favorite character of Lord of the Rings. Though he wasn’t in the original book  and I really wasn’t feeling it in The Desolation of Smaug, I thought the part that Jackson gave him did end up fitting in to the story well. The only thing is… He’s supposed to be younger than he was in the original trilogy, and elves never age (but Orlando Bloom does). He just looks older and more chubbier in these movies which is obvious because he’s you know 10/12 years older than he was when he did LOTR. That can be looked past because he can’t help that. I just can’t help but feeling like he was trying to act too tough. In LOTR he was always calm and collected and just gentler I guess, but I feel like in the Hobbit he’s trying to seem like the main hero, but that isn’t the role of Legolas and that’s why I always loved him. I feel like I’m not explaining this well…. I hope maybe you see what I mean? OH. And he also had some crazy unrealistic moves in this movie (Like his crazy unrealistic move when he mounts the horse using only his wrist during the Two Towers). But hey he’s an elf and elves rock. Still. nothing but love for Legolas.

All in all I really did love the movie. Obviously it isn’t perfect, as so few things are. But I really did like it. I can’t wait to see it again and I’m going to miss Middle Earth for awhile… Until I read the Hobbit again… which will be soon.

If you love Lord of the Rings as much as I do, then prepare to cry. I knew what was coming and it still got to me.

LOTR Forever.