4YE Review: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Ends on a High Note

4YE's Spoiler Free 'The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies' Review.
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After a year of waiting and dreading this moment, and after the dude at the projection room apparently fell asleep and we had to wait a bit for the movie to start, I finally watched the third instalment of The Hobbit trilogy and somehow managed to survive through all the emotions and tears. I also watched it in glorious 3D and 48 fps, which made it one hell of a trip (“treat yo’self” they say).

This movie was an emotional rollercoaster for many, many reasons: it’s the good-bye to Middle-Earth as we know it, it’s the end of this trilogy, and it’s the most heart-breaking part of the story. Add all the good acting, breath-taking scenarios, incredible special effects and that one special song at the end and you will understand why I was refusing to leave the room when it was done. If I hadn’t been the only one left and if I didn’t know they can kick me out, I would have probably stayed until the janitors came in.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies follows the last part of the journey of Bilbo, Thorin and the company to reclaim their land. As the title says, there’s a lot of action, but there’s also a lot of emotion: it’s not only that they finally made it to Erebor, but also everything that comes with that, which are not good things. And the battle, as epic as it is, it’s equally (ok no, not equally. It’s actually way more) heart-breaking.

First off, I want Benedict Cumberbatch to get all the awards he can get for his performance as both Smaug and the Necromancer because my God, was he intimidating and scary in both roles.

Secondly, I want Martin Freeman to get a special recognition aka an award for his performance as Bilbo Baggins because he truly is Bilbo Baggins. The amount of emotion he brought in this movie made me want to go through the screen and hold him tight and protect him from everything. Don’t worry Bilbo, I got this.

My relationship with Thorin has been a love-hate one from the very beginning (as in “since the book came to my life”): hate because of how selfish he can be, and love because he can also be a truly kind person. Richard Armitage outdid himself in this one. I salute you, Armitage.

I must confess I didn’t and still don’t agree 100% with the whole Tauriel/Kili thing for many reasons, the main one being that stubborn necessity of everyone to always put the female warrior in a love triangle. Maybe that’s the subject for another piece. Truth is that Tauriel/Kili shippers will be happy as there is plenty of them in this movie.

Let’s talk about the battle, please. We all predicted it was going to be epic and I am here to tell you we were not wrong.
Thranduil’s army is mind-blowing. Who thought there were so many elves out there?! And we also get to see Thranduil in action; a real treat for all of us Thranduil/Lee Pace lovers. The battle of my people was fierce.

The dwarves’ army was mind-blowing as well (“do not underestimate the dwarves”) and if you ever doubted their battle skills, you will see that they are excellent warriors. Same with the people of Lake-town: the bravest men and women ever. Except Alfrid. This movie shows his cowardice in its full splendour.

Now, the Orcs. You know, before this movie I was only grossed out by them but now I am legit afraid of those things. I made a superhuman effort not to shout at the screen whenever an Orc came from behind.

To my fellow Tauriel fans, I am glad to tell you you won’t be disappointed: there’s plenty of her and you will love her even more. Tauriel is everything. I want to be like her.

Legolas, of course, does not disappoint either. He never does. Orlando I-will-never-age Bloom really is an elf: he looks like one, he fights like one and on top of that, he has a heart worth a million. Even Thranduil can learn a lot from him.

Also, there’s a direct link to the Lord of the Rings, so keep your ears open and you might have a breakdown like I did.

Technically speaking, I saw no real flaws in it compared to the previous movie, just that in the first 30 minutes or so there were a lot of extreme close ups that (at least for me) stopped the flow of the movie but that might be because of the 48 fps thing. It might not look like that in normal rate.

In conclusion: the final part of the 300-page book that was stretched into three movies is worth watching and it’s a good ending to the trilogy. You will cry, that’s for sure. I needed an ice cream to drown the feels. And if Billy Boyd’s song alone made your heart ache, you better get prepared to listening to it at the end of the movie.

Now run to the nearest cinema and to watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies!

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