My ranking for this trilogy is as follows: Unexpected Journey, Battle of the Five Armies and Desolation of Smaug. And I dunno, they are different comparable wise (LOTR has more of a risky-end of the world situation while The Hobbit is an adventure that just in at the last half of DoS and all BotFA becomes dire).
Post by CaptainSuperior on Dec 18, 2014 16:02:31 GMT -5
I personally felt that this movie was entirely unnecessary. The Hobbit at best should have been two 3 hour and 15 minute movies . I absolute love the first trilogy and the first 2 Hobbit films, but this film was literally just a two hour and thirty minute battle.
He who is certain he knows the ending of things when he is only beginning them is either extremely wise or extremely foolish; no matter which is true, he is certainly an unhappy man, for he has put a knife in the heart of wonder.
Post by sammiecassell on Dec 28, 2014 0:10:54 GMT -5
I'm along the same line as Captain Surperior, except the only one of the Hobbit movies I really liked was the middle one. To me this was just a big long battle sequence, and not as good of battles as LOTR. Thoran Oakenshield is my favorite middle earth character but I feel the Hobbit movies pale in comparison to the LOTR movies
"Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy,shall possess the power of Thor"
Post by henrythemorerecent on Jan 4, 2015 14:49:42 GMT -5
I've been loving these movies, but structurally this one made it super obvious this was meant to be a 2 movie series. This whole movie felt like a third act. Which sounds stupid because this is a trilogy so of course it feels like a third act. But when comparing it to the LOTR films, they each felt like their own film with an ending that, while still leading into the next part, had its own moral and story to tell. This felt very obviously like it was cut from Desolation.
That being said I will watch these again just for Martin Freeman. He's amazing. Also I feel like of all of these Hobbit movies this was the only one that felt like it was lacking something. The rest people said were overlong, but this will definitely benefit from an extended version. I feel like there's a whole Saruman moment missing. Speaking of, The White Council scene was amazing.
There's one thing that just makes LOTR feel weird though and its Radagast. I fully expected him to die in this not remembering his character from the LOTR books. Then I read he's the one who helps Saruman lure him to Orthanc but then helps him escape. So his character is just missing for the entire LOTR film series which seems like a waste now. Who knows. Maybe Peter Jackson will do a George Lucas and add moments into the LOTR series.
But it made me sad to know this will be the last visit to Middle Earth. That ending made me so happy, sad and nostalgic.