I remember when it was announced that Peter Jackson was going to make a trilogy for The Hobbit, I was ecstatic. The Lord of the Rings franchise used to be my second favorite franchise, after Star Wars of course (its now third behind Marvel and Star Wars) and the thought of another trilogy to the Middle-Earth story was a dream come true. And it was going to be about Bilbo’s story in his early days. AWESOME!
Unfortunately the trilogy ended up becoming the Star Wars prequels of The Lord of the Rings franchise as it failed to generate the same buzz and excitement its predecessors had in the early 2000’s. The story wasn’t nearly as incredible, the CGI, at times, was horrendous, and it overall simply wasn’t as enjoyable as The Lord of the Rings films.
After recently watching The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug after not having seen it for quite some time I decided I wanted to share with you my opinion on the trilogy’s shortcomings, it’s triumphs, and my overall experience with The Hobbit films. Enjoy!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
I still remember the excitement I felt going to see the first Hobbit on opening day in 2012. The commercials looked great, the movie looked visually stunning, and I was ready to see the beginning of young Bilbo’s journey. As I walked out of that theater nearly three hours later I was definitely disappointed.
While the action was fun to watch and it was an aesthetically beautiful movie the story was mediocre, there were way too many last-minute save-the-day moments, I didn’t like the dwarf king, Thorin (in fact, I didn’t even know that was his name until I saw the movie again at home,) and it felt like the movie was trying too hard at times to provide nostalgic Lord of the Rings moments.
This was definitely not going to be on the same par as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and that was a bummer.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Now The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was light years better than its predecessor. I remember watching the trailers and getting a little excited but because the first Hobbit was so terrible I figured it would be the same. I went to see this film at a midnight showing (it was so much fun by the way) and I was totally blown away. This movie was the exact opposite of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The action was better, the story was much, much more enjoyable, and the dragon, oh my goodness Smaug was the icing on the cake. This film barely had any flaws!
I loved the additions of Tauriel and Legolas even though they weren’t in the actual Hobbit novel.
The movie was utterly devoid of women, besides a brief appearance of Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and so I loved the addition of Tauriel in the film. It’s always awesome seeing a fierce female warrior in a film but while she was a great character I felt that the main reason she was brought into the movie, unfortunately, was to bring the aspect of romance into the film. The Hobbit novel didn’t have a single woman in the mix of things which means, no romance, and I believe Peter Jackson refused to have The Hobbit trilogy not have a love story, especially that the love story between Aragorn and Arwen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy was one of the prominent aspects of the three films.
I think Tauriel would’ve been a better character in the movie if she hadn’t been mainly used as a love interest but I still loved her involvement in the final two films.
And Legolas, who doesn’t love Legolas?
Legolas was, frankly, my favorite character in The Lord of the Rings and to see Peter Jackson bring him back to grace The Hobbit trilogy was really exciting and he perfectly fit into the story. The Hobbit films actually made him cooler, if I’m being honest. I loved seeing him in his own territory as a leader of his people and seeing him kick some serious orc butt.
And the final aspect that made The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug so enjoyable was the dragon, Smaug.
I remember reading The Hobbit novel before seeing the live-action version of second Hobbit and thinking, “How are they going to make the dragon talk and not be corny?” One of the genius things about the marketing for the second Hobbit was that they barely showed the dragon, and they never showed him talk, so when I saw the film in the movie theaters and heard him speak for the first time I. Was. Stunned.
Benedict Cumberbatch did an impeccable job voicing the dragon. He was actually scary! I remember sitting in that theater with that massive dragon’s growl rumbling the theater in IMAX and feeling just as small and frightened as Bilbo did. It was undoubtedly one of the most incredible movie experiences I’ve ever had. I came out of that movie theater beaming and literally hollering with excitement.
After this movie I was a Hobbit fan for a little while. In fact, I know every line spoken in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, even the things said in different languages (yes, I’m a nerd,) that’s how much I enjoyed this movie.
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
When it came time for the final movie of The Hobbit trilogy to come out I was excited to see how the trilogy was going to end. The previous film was so good and I figured it couldn’t be much worse. Once again, I was wrong.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was poorly made. The CGI was the worse of the trilogy and the story felt rushed. It felt like Peter Jackson was regretting making The Hobbit trilogy and just wanted to get it over with in its final installment. The only scene that I legitimately enjoyed was the incredibly epic fight between Galadriel, Saruman, and Elrond and Sauron and his nine human king minions.
Galadriel is one of the coolest and most mysterious characters of The Lord of the Rings and so to see her in full Elven queen glory in The Hobbit was a joy of mine. It also was just a ridiculously awesome scene.
Besides that part of the movie the rest of the film definitely didn’t live up to the standards I was hoping for. Now, I admit, I did cry at the end. And even though I knew (SPOILER ALERT! I’m just letting you know if you haven’t seen this movie yet I’m about to spill the biggest spoiler of the trilogy) Thorin, Fili, and Kili were going to die due to The Hobbit novel it still was upsetting seeing them actually die. Especially that Tauriel had just fallen for Kili and then he was dead! The tears were falling and I couldn’t help it.
But overall, the movie was definitely mediocre and only was better than the first Hobbit because the situations were definitely more interesting and there weren’t as many last-minute save-the-day moments.
My Conclusion of The Hobbit Trilogy
While The Lord of the Rings trilogy is simply off the chain The Hobbit films definitely didn’t reach the same level of awesomeness, even with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now I do own every single movie in the trilogy so I definitely like the movies to a certain degree but I’m glad that the movies I’m now super excited about and patiently waiting for are Marvel films and Star Wars movies because they’re SOOO much better. 🙂
I thank you for reading my opinion on The Hobbit trilogy and I hope you have a beautiful day.