Once again Peter Jackson triumphs in his directing and writing of the The Hobbit, the Battle of the Five Armies. It stars Martin Freeman just nominated for a Golden Globe for Fargo, Ian Mc Kellen, Richard Armitage and an army of Dwarves and stunning monsters guaranteed to make you sit up in your seat and root for Bilbo and Company and from the obliteration of the Middle Earth. And bravo to 92 year-old Christopher Lee as Saruman for allowing us to gaze upon his awesome presence.
I wondered how could this third and final installment in this trilogy maintain my interest, but it did and then some. The credits were a movie in themselves and played for a good 10 minutes after the film ended and showed just how much work and creativity went into this triumph of special effects, editing, costume and acting. Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitatage as Thorin and a host of long haired warriors add romance to this film that is about war, but with their dashing good looks, sensuality is added to this quotient. The beauteous Evangeline Lilly as Tauiel and the magnificent Cate Blanchett as Galadriel are the leading female characters who add to the feelings of romance past.
Smaug, the Necromancer, in T.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel, The Hobbit, is the fearsome dragon who invaded the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. The voice of Smaug is Benedict Cumberbach. Thirteen Dwarves set out to take the kingdom back with the help of wizard Gandalf (Ian Mc Kellen) and the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman). In the opening of The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies Smaug has set fire to the Dwarves kingdom and the Dwarves must flee.
They seek solace with Thorin who guards the gold treasures stolen from the dragon and after much hemming and hawing, Thorin agrees to help the Dwarves and joins in a battle that lasts half of the film and is breathtaking if not a bit confusing. War seems to be Peter Jackson's forte and one wonders if he is influenced by WWI. The CGI effects are spectacular though in the opening sequence I found them weak, but as the film progressed they developed and their splendor excelled any CGI film thus far.
We have come a long way, Baby, in special effects and Peter Jackson is the King of this creativity. We all know Bilbo ends safely in his old age in his peaceful cottage in the English country side. Now let's hope Peter Jackson and his team of merry writers. Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro -- move from Middle Earth to return to this century to entertain us with their billion dollar talents. Enough already of T.R.R.Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth. Common, Peter, come back to the 21st Century. It needs you.
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