If you’ve followed my blog for a while then you know that I’ve talked quite a bit of smack about The Hobbit movies but to be honest, I really enjoy these films. I’m a bit ashamed to admit I know the first two films by heart and that I cry at the end of the third one…every time. But there was a spell where I stopped watching The Hobbit films because I got bored.
Then recently my sister and I purchased the extended editions of the 1st and 3rd one Hobbit movie (we already had the 2nd one) and our obsession over these movies was reignited. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey doesn’t have a bucket load of new content but what it does have is fun to watch. There’s more scenes from the Rivendell sequence, including a rather fascinating moment between Bilbo and Elrond. And there’s even an extra song from the Goblin King which is a bit cringe-worthy but it is kind of catchy…
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug however has the most new content with a bunch of really fun sequences. I especially loved the scenes that were based on scenes from the book that were cut out of the theatrical version, like the one when the dwarves and Bilbo are in Mirkwood and they have to cross the magical river. That was always one of my favorite parts in the book so to see it cut out was unfortunate.
Unfortunately, there are no extended scenes with the elves in Mirkwood which would be really cool but alas, it’s still a blast to watch.
And The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has some really nice (and viciously gory) content. There’s a bit of glorious content added to the best sequence in the film when Galadriel has to rescue Gandalf from Sauron with the help of Saruman and Elrond. But primarily, the extended content is displayed in the actually battle which gives some nice moments for all of the dwarves, moments that were unfortunately taken out of the final product; including a riveting chase scene with trolls, wargs, and lots of arrows.
And to make the emotional tidbits just that much more painful, there’s an extra scene featuring Thorin Oakenshield, Fili and Kili getting a bit of a funeral sequence that makes me weep my eyes out.
All in all, I may talk cold smack about these movies in comparison to The Lord of the Rings films but personally, I actually really have a lot of fun watching them and the extended editions are really fun indeed.
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