Well guys its that time again… The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies review. Well where do I start, at the beginning I guess. Right firstly I will deal with (what I consider) the negatives are. Some of these gripes may sound familiar if you checked out my last review.
C.G.I. Total over cookage this time, I thought in Desolation they served up a hearty meal of overdone graphics but this time oh my! I was really looking forward to seeing Dain II with Billy Connolly providing the voice, I loved the voice and some of his jokey yet serious one liners and his war hammer was awesome but why use C.G.I. ? There have been many answers to this question, one being Billy was too ill, another saying they didn’t like the look him as Dain when he had his armor on and others saying his parkinsons was worse whilst wearing the armor making it hard to film. Either way I love Billy Connolly and would have loved to have seen him, lest hope he is well and they put something in the DVD.
Basically every battle scene is C.G.I’d to the max, every Legolas fight is also tampered with at some point.This problem has arisen as they chose not to use real actors to portray Azog and friends, another way to blow the magic of a movie. Manu Bennet could have easily played one of the chiefs as he has great screen presence as we saw in Spartacus. Shame really when you think about it.
Beorn, now another part I was really looking forward to was Beorn changing in to the beast bear and ravaging the Orc/Goblin scum in to tiny pieces, what did we see? Him drop from an Eagle and to have a pop for around 5 seconds, this annoyed me so much and I only hope Mr Jackson puts some extra scenes on the DVD, again this is a bit of a joke as I feel like I am being forced to buy the discs just to see a scene that should have been in the fucking film anyway (oops I swore sorry didn’t realise).
The Gandalf side quest, Gandalf is a bit of a pussy in grey form by the look of it, even though he handles himself better in LOTR and although the fight was pretty cool against the (C.G.I) wraiths it was really not supposed to be there as much of the filmn isn’t, Older yet younger Elrond tips up to help not Christopher Lee and more C.G.I Galadriel. Still in two minds about this really, may have to watch it again.
Here are a few more problems that I won’t go in to as you know what I’m saying. Legolas looks even older. The Dwarf/Elf love plot side story. More C.G.I. Thorin’s poor acting when the ring oops I mean Arkenstone is possesing him, I found it a little cheesy. Even more fucking C.G.I. I do have more but I don’t wanna cry too much and put too much of a bummer on the read.
Right so here we go with the good stuff, well I loved the C.G.I ha ha just messing with you though some of the scenes had to be done this way, the Dwarf mounts were awesome running up the cliff face and Dain’s mount some sort of War Pig which was also very cool, you cannot faults Smaugs attack on Lake Town either. Its not that I don’t like C.G.I as lets face it half the movie would be missing but the over usage of it is not needed sometimes…
. Loved Cumbersnatches take on Smaug again and his performance was a lot stronger in this film I felt. Loved the screen presence Smaug has and it needs a strong voice, I still would have liked Leonard Nimoy though.
The Dwarves in their new armor was a particular favorite part of mine, Thorin looked very formidable in his plate and his helm was also very well designed and Some of the overall weaponry on the film including Dain’s C.G.I war hammer looked very imposing. The scene where the Dwarves rush out was also well done which ends with Thorin and Dain fighting back to back on the battlefield.
I really enjoyed Thranduil’s sinister side and his Elk mount, again very cool and gives a role player like me lots to think about idea wise for our future MERP game nights. Luke Evans was ok, thought he lost a bit of his zing on this outing, I don’t know why? Just felt something was missing, the scene where he slays Samug looked a little tinny to me and needed more heart and also more fear factor in his acting. Stephen Fry was also enjoyable and his little scrote P.A. giving some much needed comic relief to proceedings.
Well so there it is, I might have to crawl back under my rock now till Peter decides to make The Silmarilion and give me something else to review. Anyway hope you enjoyed the article and feel free to tweet me any feelings you have on the subject via this link @MERPERS, give me a follow I usually follow back if you are at least a bit interesting. Stay safe.