The Hobbit Trilogy can be perfectly compared to The Lord of the Rings like the Star Wars prequel trilogy is to the original Star Wars trilogy. There are things about the films that work but it is plagued overall with too many unforgettable mistakes or silly moments. One of the aspects of the films that is one, unnecessary, and two, a bit unbelievable, is the romance.
I’m right now rewatching all of the Hobbit movies and as I’ve reached the second installment in the trilogy that’s when the romantic aspect awakens as Kili and Tauriel first meet and honestly, a while back I used to like their relationship but now it’s just annoying.
Kili is an important character, we all know that, but in the first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he is treated as a side character who isn’t given much to do other than be a part of the company. It’s only until The Desolation of Smaug that he is given a larger role and it’s a bit jarring. Especially that the role upgrade was only to incorporate needless romance into the movie.
Now, I’m not saying that the last two movies should’ve excluded Tauriel. Not in the slightest. But she shouldn’t have ended up being used as a tool for romance with Kili. If Peter Jackson wanted romance that badly he should’ve kept it in the realistic arena which means there should’ve been a thing between her and Legolas. I mean, doesn’t that sound so much better?
She and Legolas were clearly friends when we first were introduced to them in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. King Thranduil told Tauriel that his son, Legolas, practically had a crush on her. The writing on the wall was there. And then what does Peter Jackson and his team of writers do?
They have her talking about stars and getting googly over Kili in the very next scene after she speaks with Thranduil! I mean, I get it. He’s an abnormally tall/pretty dwarf but come on Tauriel. Legolas is so much more your speed.
Then we could’ve gotten a much more interesting forbidden love story sort of thing between the two elven warriors (considering that Thranduil didn’t want Legolas to be with Tauriel because he didn’t believe she was good enough for him) and everyone would’ve been much happier.
Then maybe in the third installment of the trilogy Tauriel could’ve perished, Legolas would’ve been heartbroken and so he would’ve left to walk the lands of Middle-Earth alone. That sticks with the same plot that happened at the end of the third Hobbit film but it would’ve been so much better.
Gosh, I’m ranting. All in all, I love watching The Hobbit trilogy every once in the blue moon and there are some legitimately enjoyable elements to the movies (the elves, Bard, Smaug, the Sauron/Nazgul cameos) but I sometimes wish it could’ve been better.
So, this is just my humble opinion on the romance in The Hobbit. You may not have even watched the films so you have no idea what I’m talking about. But if you did, well you’ll understand why I’m a bit upset. 🙂
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