1. dmdutcher says:

    It’s funny in a way. Peter Jackon’s LOTR films created the whole “mega spectacle fantasy film” in the 2000’s, and his Hobbit films probably are signs of how dead that genre is in 2015. They were textbook depictions of how to make bad films based on a licence, and of how the director really needs to keep his sense of style in check. I’m glad they finally are over.

  2. bainespal says:

    Too much self-parody. It’s almost as if these Hobbit movies were adapting the LotR trilogy movies rather than the Hobbit book. Many memorable lines and action scenes from the LotR movies were shoe-horned to fit in this last Hobbit movie. “The Eagles are coming!” Fighting the ring-wraiths! Galadriel going all dark-queen! Slow-mo dramatic emotional moments!

    They should have hired me to write the commercial:

    Peter Jackson standing in front of a car lot, camera panning to follow him as he walks slowly past rows of shiny new cars.

    JACKSON: Double the frame rate, double the kings at our More Middle Earth extravaganza, now through twenty-fifteen. That’s right people — the return of the kings, -plural-! We’re also doubling the big badass orc warlords, with double the prosthetics for every costume! Double the armies, and we’ll even through in a bonus army — that’s right, -five- armies! And the best part is… we’ve retrofitted all your favorite legacy features so you don’t have to miss out on anything! You heard me right, you get -everything- that was included in the older models. We’ve even got a romance between a hot elf maiden and an unworthy suitor…. and you’re totally not going to see where it’s going this time! So come on along and get -more- of all your favorite features… More special effects! More acrobatics! More naval gazing! Remember, more is better at the More Middle Earth extravaganza!

    • Hannah says:

      Just so you know, “the eagles are coming” quote is straight from The Hobbit book. Even in the Lord of the Rings book, Pippin compared the eagles arrival to Bilbo’s adventure. The eagles often came to the rescue throughout Tolkien’s work. In The Silmarillion, they were divinely sent.

      The ring-wraiths, more appropriately called the Nazgul, did cause problems before Lord of the Rings, and their appearance in Dol Guldur was entirely conceivable.

      While I was thrilled to see Galadriel’s power (she later destroyed Dol Guldur in the LOTR books), I was thrown off by her dark appearance. However, the designers said they were going for a “drowned,” exhausted appearance to show how much the fight was draining her.

      • bainespal says:

        I guess I neglected to mention that I liked The Battle of Five Armies. I think it was significantly better than The Desolation of Smaug had been. Even if I think it’s weaker than the LotR movies, there’s no way I’m not going to geek out about it. 🙂

        If I remember correctly, when they showed Galadriel translated into the dark queen that she would become if she had taken the ring in The Fellowship of the Ring, they went for a water elemental aesthetic, I think in reference to the name of her elvish ring. But the way they repeated her transformation in The Battle of Five Armies mirrored what they did in FotR without enough depth of its own. The drama in the parallel moments seemed force to me, inauthentic.

        That said, I’m sure you have a good point about the eagles. I didn’t check back to see how closely the allusions were warranted in the book. I do think the movies overplayed the allusions for nostalgia’s sake, and I think the emotion some times seems cheesy and insincere in the parallel moments of the Hobbit movies.

        • Hannah says:

          Hehheh, yeah, there were definitely some cheesy moments, and the Lord of the Rings is by far the stronger of the trilogies. But I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  3. Hannah says:

    Thank you for the positive review. I, a dedicated Tolkien fan, enjoyed the movie immensely. And the special effects did not bother me so much, at least not when it involved the elves. Elves are fey; Tolkien wrote them that way. Legolas leaping from falling rock to falling rock is completely conceivable when one remembers they can walk on the top of fresh snow.

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