The Hobbit, in case you’ve been living under a rock for a few decades, is J.R.R. Tolkien’s book written before the Lord of the Rings trilogy detailing the events of Bilbo Baggins and the finding of the One Ring. It’s a terrific story and a terrific book. But note the use of the singular “book.” It’s not a trilogy of books and it certainly did not need to be a trilogy of movies.
If Peter Jackson had made the one story into one movie, he would have had the definitive Hobbit movie for all time. He did that with the Lord of the Rings. Three books, three movies…perfect. One book, three movies…dumb.
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies plays out like a 2 hour fight scene, reminiscent of Transformers 3. The fight could easily have been shortened into say… the final third of one movie? The fight just keep going and going and going…
Extra characters have been added in, scenes have been dug up or invented to extend the length of the one short story. This was a kids book that became a precursor to an epic. It would have been a great movie. It’s not a great trilogy. My Wifey says it feels like a parody of Lord of the Rings more than part of the series.
Let’s hope the director’s cut of this trilogy is actually combining the three films into one.
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