The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – A Necessary Evil?

hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armiesI am a massive fan of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies. I remember watching The Fellowship of the Ring for the first time and not knowing what was going on. There were too many names to remember and too much storyline for somebody like me who didn’t read the Tolkien books.

Once it was released on DVD and I re-watched it to get a better sense of what I had initially seen, I was immediately hooked. I’ve watched and re-watched them numerous times and I look forward to a time where I can sit back on a couple of “off” days and watch all six movies back-to-back…wasting away with potato chips, beer, and pizza.

Because I haven’t read the novels, I’m not entirely sure what to expect with this final movie. From what I’ve been reading online, however, it seems to be a lot of unnecessary storytelling. I’ve read that, quite frankly, The Hobbit should have only been two movies.

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I’ll have a better understanding once I see the final installment, but I’ve gotta say that The Desolation of Smaug wasn’t really long and plodding. The majority of the film moved at a pretty good pace so I didn’t feel as though there was much wasted time. I realize that there were parts of the movie inserted that weren’t in the original book, so I can’t say for certain whether or not the movie is a great adaptation. What I can say, though, is that on its own…it’s a pretty great movie.

But that begs the question: Did The Hobbit NEED to be turned into another trilogy? Tolkien’s family seems to be upset at how commercialized the original work has become with these new movies. Could they have inserted them into one big-ass 3-hour flick?

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I suppose they could, but what’s the point? If they did that, they would be throwing stories at us at such an incredible pace that the movie would lose focus. It would be three hours later and we would wonder just what in the world happened.

The Battle of the Five Armies is, then, a necessary evil. Is it 100% required in order to tell the full Hobbit story? No…probably not. Given enough cuts, it could have been rushed into two movies. But the problem with that is Peter Jackson puts so much love and effort into these films that you can’t help but want MORE of them.

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It’s a necessary evil. We need three movies. We need another trilogy. We need three Hobbit films. It’s totally wrong because, at the end of the day, it’s really all about the money that could be made and not the pacing of the films…but we need them, nonetheless.

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