As a huge fan of Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings
trilogy, I had exceedingly high expectations of Jackson's next Middle-Earth series. Although the scale of visual effects and narrative depth isn't quite as large in The Hobbit
, the trilogy is still based on Tolkien's beloved novel (three long films adapted from a 300 page book!) and its release declares its status as a prequel trilogy. So, like the Star Wars
prequels, The Hobbit
had many shoes to fill in order to build up to, at least, Fellowship Of The Ring
. However, although An Unexpected Journey
was a stretched but entertaining film, The Desolation Of Smaug
was hugely entertaining, the finale in the trilogy was a disappointment. Here's why:
1. Although it is in the book that Smaug dies as he attacks Lake-Town when this film begins, it was still a shame that he died. He was easily the greatest and is perhaps the greatest motion-capture based character so far, and the film's opening scene is probably the best part of the whole film.
2. Plot loses steam after the Lake-Town attack and Smaug's demise
, and it suddenly becomes a psychodrama involving Thorin's possessive obsession with gold.
3. The battle itself was disappointing. The attacks commenced but during them, there wasn't really any kind of path towards it.
4. The ridiculous love triangle between Tauriel (who?!), Kili and Legolas.
5. Made clear references to The Lord of the Rings
that were forcibly included to entice the connection (like when Thanduril mentions Aragorn to Legolas in the battle's aftermath), when it should be done visually.
6. Azog is still a terrible villain, and a bad one.
7. Seriously, what was Peter Jackson thinking including a battle between Galadriel, Saruman, Gandalf and Elrond against Sauron? In The Lord of the Rings
, didn't Gandalf only realise (60 years later) about Sauron and the Ring? This is The Hobbit
, not Lord Of The Rings
. Yes, this is the final prequel to the older trilogy that should fit in a few pieces but not ones that aren't really relevant to the plot of the original book.
8. Beorn only appears in the battle for about two seconds when he took a vital part in the battle in the book.