Recently my family and I watched The Battle of Five Armies, I've decided that while it is still fresh in my mind I would write down some thoughts I have had concerning it.
I really liked it as a movie. Lots of battle scenes, not a lot of sappy commentary, mostly just pure battle. The battles were fun, and at least for me the story was almost impossible to guess. The one on one fights tended to be exciting, but also very unreal. Legolas' fight with Azog's spawn was particularly unreal, though still very exciting. Anyway, it was an action movie so, I won't question it too much. On to more major things. I have three major problems with this movie, one of them really carries to all of the Hobbit/LOTR movies, one of them is specific to the Hobbit series and one is specific to The Battle of Five Armies.
1. The “spiritual warfare” scene in TBFA, I was shocked at how satanic the “good guys” looked, especially Galadriel. I mean, she was supposed to be a good guy, and she looked totally shockingly satanic. It just kinda shocked me to see that. Seems to be one more effort of the media to blur the lines of good and evil and call evil good and good evil.
2. The ring. In LOTR, the ring is evil, it cannot be used for good, and anyone who has it or uses it will be corrupted by it. This may be nit-picky but, in The Hobbit series, Bilbo is constantly using the ring for good, and never gets taken over by it, though he does lie about it every chance he gets which is never condemned. So, which is it, is the ring evil or good? It can't be both, and I don't think we can use evil for good. Very confusing.
3. There is no God. At all. Everyone draws from their own strength and power to do anything. It is all about are you more powerful than the force you are fighting. For us we have God, we can pray for strength, we have spiritual tools that do not draw from our own strength to battle the forces of evil. Praise God for that too, I can't imagine facing what we are facing today without the power of God and the knowledge that he wins.
There, that gets that off my mind, now maybe I should write a post about why I think Frodo was a traitor and why I don't like him at all. That should start a war, LOL.