I waited rather impatiently for The Battle of the Five Armies to be released partially because Desolation left me feeling incomplete, but also because this was it, our final entrance to Middle-earth, our last chance to experience these places, people, and stories. Not to mention, it had Smaug's death, Thorin's madness, Bilbo's transformation, and
All in all, I enjoyed the movies. Sure, I would like to have seen Beorn given better treatment in Desolation. He did get better treatment than Tom Bombadil did in the Lord of the Rings movies though and it could have been worse. Get rid of the rabbits and the sled, make Radaghast less of a stoner and I would have been happier as well. They certainly were not the movies I would have made, but then again. I didn't make them. Peter Jackson did, and he stayed true to himself and his vision of Middle-earth, and to the spirit, if not the word, of The Hobbit. I have said it before and I will say it again. If I had to choose between these three movies and no movies I would certainly take these. Also, the amount of money these movies made leave the doors open to another director to get a shot at making them again in a way that a failed true to the book movie would not have. I had read that the Tolkien estate and Christopher Tolkien in particular hates the PJ adaptions of the books (all of them, not just The Hobbit) and while I suppose I can understand a certain amount of disappointment in the differences I know of no movies that perfectly capture the feel, the tone, the beauty of a very well written book. Trying to capture the beauty of a book written by a master of language like J. R. R. Tolkien is impossible. If that is what you want then listen to a well narrated audio book and don't even attempt a movie. I personally am disappointed in the estates point of view because it leaves us with almost (still holding hope) no chance of seeing any other of Tolkien's great works adapted into movies.
I hope you can buy, rent, or borrow copies of all three movies and have a marathon of them because when viewed together it is a much better experience and one that if you have the 9 hours you owe it to yourself to experience. (you could also spend 18 hours and watch all 6 in order which would gain you some serious geek points in my book...)
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