Monday, March 16, 2015

One Last Time

You probably guessed by the title that this post is about a certain Hobbit movie that came out in theaters last December...

You're correct! Today's post is on The Battle of the Five Armies. My parent's went to see it in theaters without telling any of us kids, but me being Sherlock Holmes found them out, and chuckled.


Anywho, my parents announced at dinner time last night, that we were going to watch it. They downloaded it to iTunes, and viola!


Two years ago last December, we embarked on an adventure with the not-exactly-adventurous Bilbo Baggins, of Bag End.


Since then, we've journeyed along with him as he's encountered trolls, goblins, orcs, giant spiders, and a strange creature that won't stop screeching about it's precioussssssss.

Well, it's time to "follow me, one last time" as I give my opinion on the characters in the final movie.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

So, I guess I'll begin (that's what you've been wanting all along).

The Master

Really? I mean, seriously? Saving all your gold, and tossing people off of your boat? I guess we know where his treasure is... ;)
At the bottom of the lake.

Alfrid

A lot could be said about this character. He's cowardly, also quite selfish, not to mention annoying. But he was funny as well!

Bard

I love, love, LOVE Bard!
Luke Evans does an amazing job portraying this character! I loved how He refused to be called "King Bard," and when he defended Alfrid from the people. Such a selfless soul!
He sure didn't have to help Alfrid, but he did.


Bilbo

He's brave, for a hobbit. I love how he cares for Thorin by taking the Arkenstone to Thranduil. And when he gets back to the Shire... HA! That was funny.
"You know perfectly well who I am, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins! Those are my spoons."
He is definitely one of my favorite characters.

Kili

"I will not hide, while others fight our battles for us!"
 Ah, Kili. Such a brave young Dwarf. A little reckless at times, but brave. The hurt look in his eyes, as his brother falls, dead, in front of him was enough to make me sob. Aidan Turner played the part gorgeously!

Pardon me while I cry.

Fili

I love his devotion to his brother. His resolve to keep Kili safe and away from harm. His death was probably the most horrifying.

Thorin

Wow. His dragon fever was scary! Greed is indeed a terrible sickness.
"I will not part with one single coin." Richard Armitage was a wonderful choice!
At the end of his life, he made reconciliation with Bilbo, and that scene DID have me in tears.

Legolas

Yep. I just can't say enough about this Elf! He's just amazing!
He's Olando Bloom. Of course he is! :)

And of course, I HAD to share this. ;P


Tauriel

Um...not bad for having not been in the book. She's a selfless Elf, and a brave one at that. I admire her courage to stand up and fight, when Thranduil decides to flee.

The Love Triangle

Haha, well I must say, it was a sad part of the entire movie, even though it wasn't in the book. Legolas commands Tauriel to leave the Dwarf. The Dwarf gives her a "Promise." She comes back to save his life. Legolas comes to save her life. She cries over Kili when he dies. Legolas stands by and watches.


Azog and Bolg

Ugly orcses! Nasty, ulgy, mean orcses! They kills and kills my friendses!

Sorry, I had to put Gollum in here somewhere. :P

Dain

Ugh, Gandalf was right. Thorin is the more noble of the two! Though, his ability to head butt orcs was most impressive.

Galadriel

Hmm, she's never been on my favorites list. I don't know, there's just something about her that's unsettling. Probably her "evil queen" act. She can be kind and gentle, but she's also quite frightening! And I don't get the whole love thing between her and Gandalf.

Sauron

A deceptive ruler of darkness. Quite like Satan. The eye was pretty neat, albeit evil looking, and "The Nine" were creepy, as usual.

Smaug

Ah, yes, that enormous, evil creature! There was no one better chosen to voice this calamity, than Benedict Cumberbatch himself. I was amazed at how quickly Lake Town went up in flames. I had forgotten that the end of the last movie showed him flying towards the town, so I was surprised to see that the opening of the movie was the town already in flames, and Bard trying to escape his little jail cell, to kill the beast.

Thranduil

...and his elk. :P
He was slightly selfish as well - wanting to get at the "white gems" in the mountain. His army was simply majestic! 
All the brilliant golden helmets shimmering in the Middle-Earth sunlight. Absolutely stunning. Their choreography was impressive as well! 



Bain, Sigrid, and Tilda

These children are SO sweet! They care about each other, and they care about their daddy. I love Bain's decision to go back to his father, with the black arrow. And when Dale was under attack, his help getting the women, wounded, and children was beautiful.



All in all, I enjoyed this movie (despite all the killing and bloodshed). 
At the end of the day, we know it was a bunch of people covered in make-up, and that some was computer generated. I don't say this, meaning that it's okay to watch violent movies for fun. We need to be discerning in the movies that we do watch, and we need to think our way through those movies. 
I also want to say that we need to not become desensitized to all the violence - watching movies so much, that certain parts no longer bother you.

We also know that this is a story of good triumphing over evil. Ultimately, that is what these stories are about. Sure, Peter Jackson may have done three movies for one book to make more money, but the movies are well done, despite their inaccuracies compared to the books. 


Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Well, there you have it! My review on The Battle of the Five Armies is finished.

14 comments:

  1. This movie... this series... gah, somebody throw me a Kleenex! XP

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    1. Okay! *throws you a Kleenex, but keeps one for herself* :P

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  2. I loved this movie! I cried through pretty much the whole thing! Kili and Fili's deaths were absolutely heart breaking and despite the fact that Tauriel wasn't in the book I really loved her character. The love triangle was also interesting and I loved that as well.
    Now excuse me while I go and cry - this post has made me want to watch it again. =)

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  3. So glad that you finally got to see it and that you liked it so much! Great review!!

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  4. I so enjoyed reading that! Good job. :) I love, love, LOVE Bard and his children, too!
    Fili's death made me mad, because they put so little attention on it, focusing instead on Thorin and Kili. They did a good job on them, though.
    It was a good movie! I saw it back in December, but I never write reviews. I should, though. :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, I agree.
      You should! I'd read them!

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  5. WAAAAA. Thanks for reminding me of all the pain and agony. Again.
    You cruel human being.
    :)
    Excellent job. Curious question: Do you think Tauriel was a Mary Sue?

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    1. *Evil laugh* Muahahahahaha! ;)
      Thank you! A Mary Sue? What does that mean?

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    2. "the "Mary Sue" is judged as a poorly developed character, too perfect and lacking in realism to be interesting." — Thanks, wiki. :) Um so it's basically the "perfect" and "too relatable" character. It was a term originally used in fan fiction but it has kind of spread everywhere now :) It's typically used by the author to express what they wish they could be. So... yeah.

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    3. Oh! Hmmm... Tauriel was definitely one!

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  6. This. Review. Was. Epic. Really! Bravo, Elizabeth.
    I'm glad you were able to watch it! It was a wonderful (and emotional) last movie, to be sure. *applause for Tolkien, Peter Jackson, and co.*
    ~ S. F.

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