Also, I don't like battles or war. [Oddly enough I find the series I'm writing demanding a war. Does all fighting have to end in war?] A battle where people are destitute yet fighting over gold and no one is being reasonable is even more uncomfortable for me.
The only highlight for the section of the book from the killing of Smaug to Bilbo's return journey for me was the Arkenstone scene where Bilbo generously and at great risk to himself gives it to the men and elves. That was one of my favorite parts.
Well, the bad news from my perspective is that in the movie my favorite scene was understated, but it worked. The good news is that the rest of the movie was a surprising success. There were a few moments where believability is grossly stretched, for those who have seen it: the mountain goats that appear from nowhere and the incredible travel speed of two particular elves, but I was very pleased with the rest of the movie.
Jackson and team provided good pay off all around. He had reasonable plot adaptations to fit the big screen and the previous adaptations he had made. Even my hubby, an exceptional hard to please movie critic liked it a lot, at the end of a three movie marathon, he and two of my kids went to, no less. [I stayed home knowing my body would not submit to that kind of grueling punishment to do the same thing for nine hours almost straight.] All three of them loved it. The two kids went back to see it last night when my last kid and I went to see it. Hubby would have come too, but he was sleep deprived. The battle scenes were done incredibly well. This was perhaps the best choreographed battle I've ever watched. [Remember that I said I don't like battles and war, so take that for what it's worth. But my son who does like them was impressed, also.]
My favorite scenes were the one with the acorn and the last scene with Thranduil in it. [A character I've always wanted to like, but have not seen done to my preferences yet. Though this last scene did much to redeem my opinion of the Jackson version]
I did want more of Beorn and the Eagles, but there is always hope for the Extended Edition next year for that. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and look forward to seeing it again.
Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays. I hope everyone enjoys the season.
- Do all fighting story lines have to end in war?
- Have you seen The Hobbit : the Battle of the Five Armies? What did you think?