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After the Dragon leaves the Lonely Mountain, the people of Lake-town see a threat coming. Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. Meanwhile, Gandalf is rescued from the Necromancer's prison and his rescuers realize who the Necromancer is.
Christopher Lee reappears as Saruman and it is his final time in the role. The film which takes place 60 years prior to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, shows Saruman the White before he was corrupted and pledged himself to Sauron and his dark forces. The role of Saruman the White is similar to Christopher Lee's role in the "Star Wars" prequel, Count Dooku, a former Jedi Knight, whom turned to the dark side and became apprentice to the evil Sith Lord Darth Sidious. See more »
When Thorin and Company finally decide to fight in the battle, they break the barrier that blocks the entrance with a giant gold bell. In one scene the bell is shown breaking the barrier and the bell swings out again. When a front view of the door is shown, the bell is no longer there and has disappeared. See more »
I can not go back.
Where will you go?
I do not know.
Go to the North. Meet with the Dunedain. There is a young Ranger among them. His father, Arathorn, was a good man. His son may grow to be a great one.
What is his name?
He is known in the wild as Strider. His true name, you must discover for yourself.
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The closing credits are accompanied by sketches of people/locations from across the Hobbit trilogy. See more »
Entertaining Popcorn-Cinema - No Less, But Also No More
When I left the movie-theater after seeing it at the midnight-screening of my local theater, I was greatly conflicted about what to think about it. On the one hand, it was great popcorn cinema in that it was very much entertaining and, of course, visually striking. On the other hand, it simply topped my highest expectations about how many scenes made me go: "Aw, you gotta be kidding me...". Those scenes definitely did make me grin and feel some kind of joy, but also they made me shudder - and it just wouldn't stop.
The Lord of the Rings had it's "silly" moments, scenes that made you laugh or grin amidst the seriousness and darkness. I felt that those were refreshing changes of mood, and they are burnt into my mind - Legolas sliding down the stairs on a shield while shooting orcs, Legolas bringing down the Oliphants, Gimly being thrown over to the bridge at Helm's Deep. With The Hobbit, not only, but especially The Battle of the Five Armies, moments like this follow each other like canned laughter on Two and a Half Men. Here, the more serious scenes are a refreshing change to all the cheesiness, the ridiculousness and the exaggertion.
I did like some of the character development especially the inner confliction of Thorin, Thranduil and Bilbo. Yet, the resolutions to these conflicts didn't quite satisfy me, they simply came too quick and too "easy". I feel like this was an aspect where the story could've been made quite a bit more thrilling.
To conclude my major points: The Hobbit - the Battle of the Five Armies once again brings you back to Middle Earth, and that alone made it worth watching for me. However, it can be quite a disappointment if you expect a grand finale in every aspect for the "Middle Earth" saga, because only the extent of the battle-scenes and the visuals life up to that, while other aspects - story, setting, mood, character development and -relations lag miles behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you've seen the first two parts, you shouldn't be too surprised about that. Prepare to be surprised nevertheless.
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