Review: The Hobbit – The Battle of Five Armies

By | Jan 11, 2015

A while back I posted that one of the ways “6 Things to Consider” may be heading is part of my “From A Fan’s View” project. Reviews would be part of it, although the original thoughts are to look at Entertainment prior to 1970. But that sure doesn’t preclude a fan’s review of the latest Hobbit movie.

First let me state that I am a huge JRR Tolkein fan and when I heard about the Lord of the Rings being made into a film I was very excited. They turned out to be a great trio of films. And I believe that the Oscar for Best Film for “The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King” was as much for the three films as the one. However unlike many fans, I was not that excited when it was announced that The Hobbit was being made. And when I heard that three films were going to come out of that small book written for children, I wondered, How?

Now that the third film has been released I see how. While not a bad movie and it does keep to the feel of Middle Earth and its history, I do think that it was at least one movie too long.

I’m sure others will disagree since many love the battle scenes from both series of movies. I thought that even in the “Lord of The Rings” series the battle scenes were long and drawn out. And in the third Hobbit the majority of the movie is of “The Battle of Five Armies”. Only the first minutes and last carry on the story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit.

I see why the original title and what it should have been “There and Back Again”. Bilbo’s return to Hobbiton seemed to be an after thought.

In short the Hobbit, in my opinion was one movie too long, but at the same time I don’t see it as a bad movie. Just one that didn’t really lead the story to it’s best conclusion.


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