Today I’m reviewing the extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies as a continuation of my last blog post.
I like the addition of the acorn Bilbo takes to plant at Bag End. I think it’s a nice touch. I also like how this movie shows the dwarves helping the survivors from Lake-town and Bard’s good leadership. The book glossed over those, and I like that the movie added more to it. I also love watching the elves fight.
I’m really confused as to why an army of elves needs help from the men of Lake-town to take down 13 dwarves and a hobbit. An army of badass elven warriors should be able to handle 14 opponents. I think Legolas could take them out single-handedly if he tried. I also don’t understand why the company of dwarves don’t wear helmets. Everyone else does, including the other dwarves. They’re asking for fatal head injuries. Another point of confusion is Bilbo killing orcs with small rocks. Would a rock really kill an orc? Or does he just knock the orcs out, and I mistakenly thought they were dead?
I found the continuation of the Necromancer sub-plot boring, as well as Legolas’s and Tauriel’s “quest”. I don’t like that the women are considered helpless. I know this book is a little dated, but still. The movie’s made improvements elsewhere. It could have added some female warriors. Women don’t have to be elven to be capable of fighting.
I’m really sad Bilbo keeps the Ring a secret in the movie. I like that he trusts the dwarves enough to tell them about it in the book. Lastly, at the end Gandalf tells Legolas to find Strider. I would like to argue there’s no way Aragorn is a ranger yet. The Hobbit takes place 60 years before The Fellowship of the Ring. If Legolas were able to find Strider at the end of The Hobbit, Aragorn would have to be at least 75 in The Lord of the Rings. I don’t think that addition was well thought out.
I got bored with this movie, and some of the things that took place are questionable. I think I would be far less likely to get bored with the original versions rather than the extended editions. I also think The Hobbit would have been better off as two movies. Then the producers wouldn’t have needed to add all these unnecessary subplots that I don’t care about.
The first movie is really good, and I’m disappointed that the second and third stray so far from the book. While the movies made some great improvements, I have to say I definitely like the book better.