A Review Of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit - The Battle of The Five Armies....

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A Review Of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit - The Battle of The Five Armies....

One of the few times, the Hollywood elitist Academy has awarded a Director in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre movies, was when they did so for Peter Jackson for his stellar auteur work in bringing one of the Tolkien tomes, The Lord of The Rings, to the Silver Screen. Mr. Jackson has not stopped and rested on his rare laurels - but he has continued to make prequels to The Lord of The Rings worthy of another Academy award, and no more so, than for his latest installment of The Hobbit - The Battle of The Five Armies. I, among many, have seen the first two installments, which focused on what came before The Lord of The Rings trilogy and it turns out that the stories about the characters involved during that precursor era were just as compelling and replete with action and intrigue like that of Frodo's epoch.

This story of The Hobbit and The Battle of The Five Armies is one taken from the Biblical David and the theme is about battling and taking down Goliaths, even when some of those Goliaths are created by our own frailties... the same back against the proverbial wall theme akin to the same plotline of the The-Lord-of-The-Rings' trilogy. When we last left off from Mr. Jackson's second installment, The Desolation of Smaug, we saw the dragon, aptly named, Smaug, the Necromancer, voiced brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch, circling the hamlet of Laketown and its citizens for daring to align themselves with the King of the Dwarves, Thoren Okenshield. Speaking of Okenshield, we see a Dwarf king, whose word was his bond, which is the custom among the noble Dwarves, but who let the love of money (gold) corrupts him and causing him to betray solemn oaths, resulting in the death of countless lives. And so the first manifestation of this betrayal is witnessing the seemingly, defenseless villagers of Laketown waiting for some help from the king of the Dwarves and not realizing that the cornerstone of their redemption was locked up in their jails.

This redemption and would-be dragon slayer - Bard, The Bowman - is played by Luke Evans and the character is a born reluctant, cerebral, tender-hearted leader. It is not that Bard-The-Bowman - wants to be a hero... but his heroics are borne out of empathy for his peeps, and pure, fatherly love and protection for his beloved children... who no longer have a mother. When the Bowman stares down the dragon, it is quite a sight to behold and it places one on the Philistine's battle field when the Biblical David took down Goliath. Incidentally, the joy is overwhelming for the moviegoer when the dragon is lethally humbled, because, like the Goliath of the Bible, the dragon 'talked a mad game.'

As is the wont with a Peter Jackson movie, as soon as one bad guy falls, another or others are introduced to us, here in the form of the Orcs, working on behalf of the protagonist, Sauron, in the Lord of the Rings movies. Do not think for one moment that the Orcs, those flesh eating monsters, in this movie are like the killing machines we have seen in the past movies. These Orcs have a commander of their army who is charismatic in a evil sense of the word to go along with unique characteristics: the Nephilim stature and pale hue and his ability to speak and motivate and the grating mocking of the forces of good....

Another aspects of the movie is how the denizens of the netherworld got involved with the affairs of men, Dwarves, and Elves. This battle for power (Middle Earth) make strange bedfellows, some reluctantly borne out of necessity and survival. There are awesome scenes when the Elf army is in full battle array and is facing down the Dwarf's army, and just when you think you have seen the ultimate of visual spectacle, Mr. Jackson hits you with that of the Orc army marching, which is down-right scary to behold, much less to go up against in battle. What is also so eye-wateringly spectacular is the setting, and here, Mr. Jackson chose the treacherous, pale-white mountainous milieu in the middle of the frigid Tundra season. The irony is that in the middle of all these awesome beings is the glue, Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, whose interference and actions are going to shape destinies and futures; of course, Bilbo gets needed assists from the reliable wizard, Gandalf and the Elves' Galadriel, played again by Cate Blanchett.

Speaking of Galadriel, she reminded me of the Yoda character in the George Lucas' Star Wars movies... whereby we were yearning and salivating to see Yoda man a Light-Saber and when he did, it was rapturous, ironically against that same Christopher Lee (Saruman in The Lord of The Rings) who played Count Doku. So it is with Galadriel when we see her finally gets her hands - so to speak - dirty. It happens in a mountainous crevice and I will say that I have consumed bits and pieces of dictionaries, but I am not going to regurgitate any of these words to describe what happened, if only to entice you to go and see it for yourselves. I will say this, once again, seeing is believing and I will give you one of the iconic saying in that scene: You should have stayed dead! Mad props to Hugo Weaving of Matrix's fame and the eldest of thespian statesmen, Christopher Lee for contributing to The Hobbit - The Battle of The Five Armies movie like the subsequent Lord of The Rings' movies.

I end by saying that you will not be disappointed in seeing The Hobbit - The Battle of The Five Armies movie - it will bring that dormant little boy or girl to life, even if you are a grown man or woman. The movie mirrors our lives because we see forbidden love between Dwarves and Elves; we see characters who are flawed, yet doing heroic/sheroic deeds and paying the ultimate price. Like life, it is a movie that is replete with scenes that can and will engender much tears, gnashing of teeth, and excitement - watch Orlando Bloom Elf's character literally walking on falling rocks/bolders, while battling the formidable Orcs; we also see how money corrupts and we are forced to ponder that if gold so corrupts in this movie, no wonder that the 'Rings' in the latter movies had to be destroyed. And finally, I thought that I saw a Black man, if only momentarily, in a Peter Jackson movie during the aftermath and chaos of the dragon's holocaust on the village, Laketown, in The Hobbit - The Battle of The Five Armies' movie opening scene... if this is so - wonders never cease!



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