Video: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies: Closing The Circle
Now it is definitely the very, very last film about the life of the inhabitants of Middle-earth, in which Jackson finally found a common language with Tolkien. However, the final part of the adventures of the hobbit Bilbo can be watched and only then to admire the elves.
The second part of The Hobbit trilogy left the gnomes and Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) with a mountain of gold, the Lake District with the invasion of the dragon, and the filmmaking team with the last three dozen pages of a children's fairy tale. Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) is digging in gold in search of the royal diamond and at risk of losing his mind, the charismatic archer Bard (Luke Evans) quickly understands the dragon, after which the viewer will have almost two hours of the final battle for Erebor, Lake District, gold, and at the same time friendship, honor and love.
"The Battle of the Five Armies" is that rare case when the subsequent film does not become even worse than the previous one. If the first part of "The Hobbit" was an elegant fairy tale and a black box for the main epic about the ring, and the second was an aimless director's whistle based on Tolkien, then the final picture of the trilogy became such an expensive, but kind and intelligent Christmas present for children. No longer trying to outsmart himself, Peter Jackson makes a film in the 6+ age category and thus puts everything in its place. The purpose of a children's fairy tale is to convey to the child the very basic values that adults often forget: not keeping your word and betraying friends is bad, coming to the aid of loved ones and protecting loved ones is good, gold cannot be more valuable than human life, and friendship, loyalty and the courage of the city is taking. And so on.
This uncompromising attitude towards goodness plays a very important role in the final part of The Hobbit. When the directors' team has essentially one scene for two hours of cinematic time, it prevents the epic battle from turning into a mindless, special effects-laden carnage. As a result, the battle of the five armies turned out to be even more impressive than the battle for Gondor in The Return of the King. The appearance of armies is spectacular to each in its own way, the battle scenes are dynamic without excessive cruelty, and the elves are good in battle so that it is beyond words. The battle turns King Thranduil (Lee Pace) from an arrogant bastard into a luxurious warrior, and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) once again proved to everyone that his kung-fu is not just better than someone else's, but generally better than everyone else.
The finale of the trilogy about the hobbit is predictable, but very sweet in its spontaneity: the viewer is simply invited to go back 13 years and revisit the entire Lord of the Rings epic. Rings … no, after all, the circle has closed - now you can endlessly wander through the Mobius film, entwined by Jackson around Middle-earth. And this is very good in its own way, since they say that the youngest son of Professor Tolkien has obtained an injunction against further film adaptations of his father's works. He shouldn't be like that. However, what is not a reason to return to books?