The Hobbit as a film series has been, largely, a disappointment for me. It’s hard to divorce myself from my love for the LOTR trilogy. AUJ was too long and too crazy. TDOS improved upon the formula, giving some of the dwarves personalities (though, by no means all of them).
Now, with TBOTFA, we get the mother of all battle sequences. I mean, that’s the title of the film, right? Really, there’s only one moment of pure, giddy wonder. It’s when those sandworm-looking creatures pop out of the ground. Then, of course, nothing happens except a bunch of orcs (I think it was orcs?) come from an unexpected direction. (Yawn.)
They didn’t earn Thorin’s treasure lust, so they didn’t earn Bilbo’s moment talking him down. They didn’t make me care about the people of Laketown, so I didn’t care that they became refugees.
I’ve heard people say that Jackson should have stayed with his original plan for making The Hobbit into two movies. Personally, one would have sufficed. Man, that would have been a good movie. Oh well. We still have the first trilogy.
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