The Perfect Goodbye with "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies"[@TheHobbitMovie @wbpictures @
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For quite a few people out there, saying goodbye to our favorite characters from the world of Middle Earth can be very difficult, especially for those who grew up watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy, along with reading the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. But with The Battle of the Five Armies, we can leave the theatre peacefully.
For those who don’t know the plot for the film, here’s a short summary from Google:
‘Having reclaimed Erebor and vast treasure from the dragon Smaug(voiced by Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberpatch), Thorin Oakenshield(Richard Armitage) sacrafices his friendship and honor in seeking the Arkenstone, despite Smaug’s fiery wrath and desperate attempts by the Hobbit Bilbo(Martin Freeman) to make him see reason. Meanwhile, Sauron sends legions of Orcs in a sneak attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As the fate of Middle Earth hangs in the balance, the races of Men, Elves, and Dwarves must decide to unite and prevail- or all die.’
When the film first starts, it resumes from where we left off in The Desolation of Smaug, with Smaug heading towards Lake-town to destroy everything in his path. All the town’s people are trying to flee from the wrath of Smaug’s deathly fire, but it seems that he can not be stopped. The elf, Tauriel(Evangeline Lily) rallies together the dwarfs who stayed behind, along with Bard’s children to save them. Meanwhile, Bard(Luke Evans), has been locked away by the slimy so called “King” of Lake-town, and tries to figure out how to escape, as well as how to defeat the evil Smaug.
Next up comes an awesome father/son moment when Bard’s son finds the one weapon that can defeat the dragon. He hurries to run to his father, who is now on the clock tower, with a bow and arrow, trying to kill Smaug, but alas, nothing can sear through his skin. Finally reaching his father, they work together to defeat the dragon, and with the perfect aim to the only opening on Smaug’s chest, Bard hits Smaug right in the heart, sending the dragon to his downfall. Smaug is in the film for only the first 10 minutes, leaving the rest of the movie for the epic battle that is about to begin.
While Thorin and his league of dwarves have accomplished their mission of taking back their beloved Erebor, Bard has basically become the new Master of Lake-town since Stephen Fry’s character died in the first 10 minutes of the film (for the best I suppose). Now where has Gandalf been this whole time? Well he’s been locked away in Dol Gulder, which is where we last saw Gandalf the Grey in the second film. With the help of Galadriel(Cate Beckett), Saruman(Christopher Lee), and Elrond(Hugo Weaving), he is rescued from the dark magic that lies beneath. Which by the way, this is where Beckett becomes a total bad ass elf, showing off her character’s powers.
Without making this review too long, for the remainder of the film, Bilbo tries helping Thorin overcome his greed for the Arkenstone, which Bilbo has the entire film until he gives it to Bard and King Thranduil(Lee Pace) of the Elves in order to make peace with the dwarves. But while Men, Elves, and Dwarves are being difficult with one another, two armies of orcs are on their way to the Lonely Mountain. The second army of orcs was a surprise attack, who were found by Legolas(Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel.

Cue epic battle scene with Men, Elves, and Dwarves finally working together to defeat the legion of Orcs, which includes Thorin’s tough headed cousin leading the army of dwarves! Along with any epic battles comes deaths of some of our favorite characters. Among those are the lovable brothers, Fili and Kili, where many watchers will want tissues for the tears that will soon ensue. Along the way, we lose a lot of people, but the last of them being our very own Thorin, who doesn’t go out without a fight. Before his death, he and one of the leaders of the Orcs fight on ice, which to some, does include some humor to this awesome fight scene. The Orc has this huge weapon that he swings around, trying to hit Thorin, but in the process, is breaking the ice surrounding him. Thorin takes notice, and grabs the end of the Orc’s weapon, drops it on his end, takes a step off of the piece of ice, leading the Orc to his downfall. Or so we thought… The Orc pretends to be dead when he stabs Thorin through his foot, leading to part two of their battle. In the end they both end with defeat, but we can’t have a proper death without having some “bromance” between Bilbo and Thorin! While that happens, we have an emotional goodbye for Tauriel and her revealing her love for Kili in front of Legolas. As she quotes “I do not want it(love) if it hurts this much”. Considering elves don’t have a lot of emotions, this was a BIG deal.

In the end, we see each of our characters go on their own journeys, with Thranduil sending his son, Legolas to find Aragon, the dwarves keeping their home in the Lonely Mountain, and lastly, Bilbo returning home to the Shire. How do you end a movie like this? Well you end it with the beginning. And by that, I mean the beginning of the very first Lord of the Rings film from 2001, where Bilbo is reminiscing his journey with his friends, and Gandalf returns to see him.
Whether you’re a long time fan of the films and books, or a new fan, all will enjoy this farewell film to Middle Earth. In theaters now.