Are ou are a big fan of the final installment of the Hobbit trilogy? Well, then you may want to turn away, as this video is about to tear it a new one. You’ve been warned!
Peter Jackson has taken a lot of heat for turning J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit - a 300-page book - into nine-plus hours of movies. There’s so much walking, so much. The latest, and final chapter, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, is the best of the three installments, but it is certainly a film with a great number of flaws. As the movie hits the home video market today, it’s as good a time as any for one of Screen Junkies’ famous Honest Trailers.
The latest in this popular series hits on all of the biggest complaints people have levied at The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - but as they point out, it’s hard to come up with new things to say, and most of the grievances could be applied to any of the titles in the trilogy. There are sweeping scenes of faceless CGI armies running into one another, elves continuing their open defiance of the laws of physics, and lots of Lord of the Rings references that feel unnecessary.
You run into narrative bumps in the road as well, like how Bilbo (Martin Freeman), the Hobbit of the title, is essentially an extra in his own movie, which is more concerned with the "mopey dick" dwarf king, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Then there’s the collection of dwarves who, though they’ve been there the whole time and barely get any lines. And don’t worry if you get lost, because you won’t have to wait very long for someone, usually Bilbo or Gandalf (Ian McKellen), to chime in to give you a running play-by-play.
Like most videos of this sort, some of the complaints are relatively minor and nitpicky, but many of them are well founded. Whether or not they impact you enjoyment of the movie is another story, but there are some legitimate gripes
Interestingly, you’ll notice that the Honest Trailer gets an assist from the folks at How It Should Have Ended - who offer up their own take on Battle of the Five Armies towards the end. They, in turn, got a hand from the Screen Junkies crew on their own video as well.
Because the theatrical version of the movie apparently isn’t long enough for Peter Jackson, you can now pick up the extended version of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies on Blu-ray. As is usual in the case of Jackson’s Middle Earth movies, the package comes with a glut of special features, making of videos, and extras for you to pour over.