Movie Review: The Hobbit Trilogy

The Hobbit MoviesI first read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit when I was in fifth grade, and since then I have gone back and reread four or five times. This captivating tale of dwarves, wizards, elves, a dragon, and one little brave hobbit has enthralled me ever since I first experienced the joy of reading it. I loved the way Tolkien was able to tell such an epic adventure in just one novel, as well as the enchanting world that he introduces readers to within its pages. Knowing it all this, you can imagine my excitement when I learned that The Hobbit was being made into- not one, not two- three movies. Several years have come and gone since the announcement was officially made, and now all three movies have been released in theaters. I have seen them all, and I feel as though I have given them enough thought that I can now share my thoughts about this trilogy as a whole with you all.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I have to say that the first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is probably my favorite out of the three. I think it’s the one that followed the book the closest, which might explain why I liked it so much. It gave me the same warm, fuzzy feeling that the Lord of the Rings movies gave me, and I love that opening seen with all of the dwarves barging into Bilbo’s house! I was a bit confused about why they added the pale orc into the story, but I realized later on that it was so they could extend the story into three full movies.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Of course, the highlight of the second movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, was none other than SMAUG himself. My oh my, Benedict Cumberbatch was fantastic as Smaug!! I loved the parts with him in it, especially when Smaug and Bilbo are talking inside the mountain. On the other hand, I didn’t really care for the romance between Tauriel and Kili. It seemed really random to me, although it was sweet. I enjoyed this movie overall, but not as much as the first one. It was more of a transition movie than anything else, like the middle installments of trilogies usually are.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I went to see the third and final movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in the movie theater with my mom and we were basically laughing through the whole thing. There were some pretty funny special effects in here, and places where you could definitely tell that they were using a green screen. The fight scenes were super intense, and Thranduil’s sass got me every time. Legolas had some crazy moves that basically defied the laws of physics, and I just couldn’t help but chuckle. Who knew he was such a ninja?!?!

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However, we were NOT laughing at the ending. My goodness, that was so incredibly sad!!! Like I said, I’ve read the book many times before so I knew what was going to happen, but seeing it on the big screen before me made it so much worse. I thought they did a really good job with those scenes, though, especially since they’re rather difficult to pull off well.

My biggest problem with the third movie is that Smaug dies at the very beginning, before the title of the movie is even shown. Why didn’t this happen at the end of the second movie- which is titled THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG????? That’s one of those scenes that seems like a climax to me- I mean, THE DRAGON DIES- and I was shocked that it happened so early in the third movie. It would have been great if there had been some build-up to it because it felt really out of place to me.

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Overall, I did enjoy The Hobbit trilogy, however I was also disappointed by some aspects of it. I think it’s because I have such an emotional attachment to the book and I just really wanted to see a strict movie adaptation of it without a bunch of extra stuff thrown in. These movies aren’t as good as the Lord of the Rings ones in my opinion, but I still really enjoyed them all the same. Despite my quibbles, I believe that Peter Jackson has once again made Tolkien fans incredibly proud!!!

What were your thoughts on these movies? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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17 thoughts on “Movie Review: The Hobbit Trilogy

  1. I absolutely adored these movies and the book itself as well! I remember laughing to myself at Legolas in the last movie in the cinema as well – and I also mentioned to my husband that he seems to be defying physics! I think Cumberbatch played a great Smaug – obviously because he is Cumberbatch and can do absolutely anything and everything! The first film was also my favourite 🙂

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    1. Yeah Legolas was definitely a high point haha- I didn’t think I would like him as much because he wasn’t in the book, but I think he made the movies even better (or funnier, anyways!). And I totally agree- Benedict was AMAZING. 🙂 Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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      1. I was a bit confused as to why they decided to add him to the film in the first place, but I am so glad they did! Legolas was always my favourite character in LOTR… he just seemed a bit more ninja in this one! 🙂

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  2. I’ve only watched the first and second so far…. I’ll probably wait to see the third until it comes out on DVD. I liked the first a lot, the second severely disappointed me and I’m afraid the third will too. I’m a die hard book purist though so it’s hard for me to enjoy movies based off of books unless they’re really good.

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    1. Yeah, usually things deviating from the original plot of the book really bother me, but I sort of made myself try to look past all of that and just enjoy the movie. They definitely don’t follow the book- in fact I’m pretty sure the last movie is almost entirely stuff that didn’t happen in the book. I hope you enjoy the movie nevertheless, and thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  3. I kept laughing at the obvious total CGI of Dain Ironfoot, and the entire dwarf and elf armies… you never once see a face, the dwarves are just one big grey mass. Though I think the pig was a great touch!
    I can’t decide what I think about Smaug dying before the title… in some ways it works, coz he had to die pretty quick, but it also doesn’t. I think that’s one of the things that make me wish it was just two movies, regardless of my love for the film trilogy.

    My major question for the last movie was…. where did the goats come from?! I saw no goats until they were suddenly there! Are they the goats of requirement?
    Thranduil’s sass is EVERYTHING. And his eyebrows. Oh lordy, the eyebrows.

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    1. The armies were so funny to watch! It totally felt like I was watching video game graphics or something like that, where all the details are fuzzy and it’s just bodies marching. I had a good laugh in the movie theater 🙂
      Hahaha oh my goodness, the goats of requirement!! 😀 That is gold. I’ll go with that reasoning. That’s definitely what they are haha!
      Thranduil was so great. The best thing is looking at all of his sass captured in gif sets on Tumblr- it never gets old!
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  4. I wasn’t a fan of the first one… it was so slow. Plus, dividing them into three was totally unnecessary, but I really liked the third one! I actually saw it in France… and it was in English but the subtitles for the Elvish parts were in French… it was a really weird trilingual experience.

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    1. That’s so cool that you got to watch it in a different language! Although I would definitely be confused when the elvish was translated into French, haha. I agree, I don’t think it had to be divided into three different movies, especially when the LOTR book trilogy all had only one movie per book. Oh well- at least they were made into movies! 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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  5. I haven’t read The Hobbit or watched the three movies (I have to fix that). Quick question, were all three movies made on one book or is The Hobbit an actual book trilogy? (Lord of the Rings stuff has me thoroughly confused! But I still want to read it of course).

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    1. The Hobbit is only one book, but they made it into three films for some reason… personally I think they should have just made one movie like they did for each book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but oh well! You should definitely read them- they’re fantastic! 🙂

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