Count me among the people who regret that The Hobbit films were stretched out into a trilogy. There is so much unnecessary filler and extra nonsense in these movies, and in The Battle of the Five Armies especially, that this third movie is all third act. There’s not enough material for The Battle of the Five Armies to stand on its own, with nearly everything – especially the emotional impact – tied to the first two films. And since an entire year has passed, none of that emotion or interest has carried over.
The Battle of the Five Armies is entertaining at the barest, baseline level, because it’s still a well-made film telling a story that I like. But The Hobbit trilogy has been stretched too thin, like butter scraped over too much bread.
Movie Review: 5/10 – Alright.
I suppose in one long, 9-hour viewing, The Hobbit as a whole might be a good movie. But who has the time or energy to watch that sort of thing? Who could have the desire? I’ve never read any of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s original works, so I don’t speak from a literary perspective. As a movie-goer, as someone who loves The Lord of the Rings movies deeply, I feel that The Hobbit was just too jammed up with nonsense. Fights were long, characters were uninteresting, story arcs were uninspired, and nothing hit with the same impact as The Lord of the Rings. Director Peter Jackson tried to make too much out of too little, simple as that.
Personally, I’m more than willing to blame the studio, which probably pushed for the trilogy in order to make more money. Cynical things like that definitely happen. And I suppose Jackson and his team of writers, actors and producers did their best to make this trilogy work. But The Battle of the Five Armies is a slog. They don’t even try to make it it’s own movie.
Join me after the jump for the full review! There will be SPOILERS from The Battle of the Five Armies!
Martin Freeman is kind of awesome.
So I’m definitely excited for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies – or as I like to call it, The The: The The of The The Thes. The Hobbit movies haven’t been as good as The Lord of the Rings masterpieces, but I’ve enjoyed the ride so far. I just gotta find a three hour block to fit it in.
For some reason, this doesn’t really feel like a goodbye to me. I bet it’s going to be a fun movie to watch in theaters. And I doubt they’ll ever make anymore. But something tells me The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is just going to be too big and bombastic to be a very good bye. But maybe I’m wrong! At least they always make good trailers!
What if The Hobbit was only one film instead of being stretched out to three? Behold!
Created by potential genius Joel Walden, that trailer kind of makes my week! He calls it The Hobbit: The Complete Journey, intended to showcase a trailer as if it were just a single film. Though now that I think about it, this could also serve as a trailer for the whole trilogy. Huh.
Either way, I’m excited to see the final film next week! At the very least, it’ll be over.
Eh. I can’t say as how I’m all that enthused about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I suppose I’ve enjoyed the last two movies, and I’ll definitely see this one in theaters, but I just don’t have any energy for the franchise anymore. There’s nothing new in this trailer, nothing we haven’t seen dozens of times before from this franchise. The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was full of new sights, sounds and insanities. The Battle of the Five Armies is just more Middle Earth characters looking drastic.
Still, I’ll definitely see it, and maybe even enjoy it. Though they didn’t even bother to really name all five of the armies in the trailer…