The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review


Directed by Peter Jackson
Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Evangelina Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett & Lee Pace

I was so disappointed with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. And quite bored to be honest. There are quite a lot of people who seem to like it but I don’t know why? It’s badly bloated without pulling any heartstrings and it looks just a horrible CGI mess. I do admire Peter Jackson just because of LotR trilogy but this time he messed up. Maybe he tried to make it the way that it would top the last installment of Lord of the Rings but he failed. The last Hobbit has no soul. At all.

azog1 There is this Finnish article of why Jackson failed and it brings up very good points (Helsingin Sanomat). The article points out that Jackson didn’t want to direct the Hobbits in the beginning because he was afraid that he would try to compete with LotR trilogy. Jackson only took the job after Guillermo del Toro retreated. The article argues that there were three reasons why Jackson failed with Hobbit trilogy (to me he only failed with the last part). Firstly he wanted to make it like one film and lost the spirit of the original novel. He wanted to make it like Lord of the Rings even though Hobbit is a children’s book instead of this massive fantasy tale that Lord of the Rings is. The tone is totally different in the book but not in the films. Secondly, he made way too many references to his original trilogy, unnecessarily in many cases. And lastly and to me most importantly, he repeated LotR. In The Battle of Five Armies the fishermen flee like the good folk of Rohan did in Two Towers. Caladriel repeats herself from The Fellowship and Galdalf rides to the rescue like in Two Towers. Even the battles look like they did in the last two parts of Lord of the Rings. Only just more made with digital imagenary. Sad stuff.

Hobbits are like new installments of Star Wars. And I will try to forget them as I have tried to forget those episodes I to III. I can’t really point out anything good in The Battle of Five Armies. Everything looks like wax. Not real. Especially watched in HFR where you can point out all mistakes visible to human eye. HFR is still a bit too much for me, especially in this kind of product where there have been a lot of use of CGI and miniature models. They actually look like it. You can even spot the make up marks on characters faces or photo editing when it comes to elves, the glow on their face is so unnatural.

thandruil_leepaceWriting this makes me sad. And it’s not a very good review. I think all actors and actresses are trying to do their best but because most of the times they are acting in front of a green screen and quite many times alone, I think, it must be difficult to get to the mood. And besides, the whole film is about battles anyway. No need to do actual acting. I used to like Legolas do his thing but in this one he is just annoying. And that “love story”… It was more embarrassing than endearing. Luke Evans was quite alright. And Richard Armitage did his best with that sad script he had to work with. And obviously, CGI looks ok. I just hoped there would have been a lot less of it.

I don’t have anything else to say. Two and a half stars come from technological achievements, the one scene that made me a bit sad for right reason and from the cast that tries its best.

Rating: **½ (out of 5) 

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