The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was such a great experience that I almost wish I could go back and see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The feeling that I get now after finishing the film is that there was more to this movie than just a battle in Middle Earth. In fact, some parts of it seemed more like a story of the struggle between good and evil.
The movie begins in the middle of a war between Dwarves and Uruk-Hai, a shadowy army under the command of the orc Grummin (Andy Serkis). When Thorin Oakenshield (Christopher Lee) sends his two most trusted friends, the Dwarf Gimli (Richard Armitage) and Dwarf Bard (Luke Evans), on a rescue mission, they are unprepared for what they find in the Black Gate of Laketown.
The scene shows Gimli and Bard making a gruesome discovery. Thranduil's daughter - Princess Miriamele - was taken captive by the Orcs. Even though she's in desperate need of rescue, their hands are tied. They are forced to wait until nightfall to try and sneak into the Lonely Mountain.
The Dwarf warriors encounter giant cave spiders, worms, and a dragon that has been wounded. This is the beginning of an epic struggle in which they will fight for survival and honor. To preserve the balance of good and evil, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) gives them the magical ring that Sauron (Andy Serkis) has that somehow grants their wishes.
There is a lot to talk about in the Internet Movie Database. From the characters to the scenery to the staging, every part of the movie felt like it really belonged in Middle Earth.
There are several photos in the Google Images gallery from the movie, so you can see the stages, the goblin models, and some of the props that are featured. Overall, I was a little confused as to what exactly is happening throughout the movie but I still enjoyed it.
Some of the scenes that I particularly liked included having the Elven musician Moria comes to the gates of Laketown to entertain the waves before a battle and having the Dwarves singing a song about the glorious life they lived during their time in the Lonely Mountain. You could also tell that when Thorin was tired of waiting that he went outside to shake a horn until he found an audience. And just as expected, he also sang a song about the greatness of his family and his amazing people.
The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and the animated film is available on DVD and online. I highly recommend seeing it with your kids.