Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jan 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Bilbo and the Dwarves must find a way to stop Smaug from destroying Laketown while fending off an attack by the Orcs
My Take on it – How does one describe a feeling like the one I just experienced?
As a kid, I was much more fond of The Hobbit than I was of the whole LOTR series of books.
It had a much lighter tone and was very aligned with my love of Dungeons and Dragons.
I read the story in some form or another numerous times and also saw the cartoon movie adaptation again and again so it’s possible to say I’m slightly familiar with the source material.
That being said, I was slightly disappointed by the way Peter Jackson made this finale.
The battle was epically created and visually it was amazing watching what he and WETA created for us to enjoy, but it felt like he was trying to turn this story of hope and friendship into a pure action movie.
The focus was on the fighting and unlike in the previous Middle Earth series, this movie’s story felt lacking because of that.
LOTR had lots of fights and battles but they adding context to the fight against tyranny and evil that was the essence of the story.
Here it was just a 45+ minute bloodfest which enhanced the visual aspect of the movie but detracted from the bottom line, the story of Bilbo Baggins’ journey of self discovery.
It is bittersweet having to leave Middle Earth once again, but this time it’s an easier feeling than it was 11 years ago.
I think the decision to expand this series into 3 movies (instead if 2) was a decision solely based on financial reasoning as opposed to just telling the story as it should have been told.
Weakest film of this trilogy, but still has parts that are wondrous to watch.
Loved the song over the end titles sung by former Hobbit Billy Boyd (Pippin) called The Last Goodbye.
It is such a fitting end to the journey that we have all taken in Middle Earth over the last 13 years and the video clip sums it up amazingly!
Hear it here
Bottom Line – Unfortunately, this movie felt very anti-climactic because it turns a story of adventure and self discovery into an action movie and seems to lose its way along that journey. Bittersweet feeling of it ending. Amazing visuals done perfectly by Jackson. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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