Peter Jackson and the cinematic adaptation of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ exist in such an odd place for fans of Tolkien’s original written work. Without a doubt Jackson has done what no other director could have dreamed to do, or even attempted, back in 2001 when ‘Fellowship’ was first released.
Jackson adapted a fifty year old epic, that presumably set the stage for all fantasy stories afterward, and turned it into a semi-loyal Hollywood blockbuster. While Jackson has received his share of criticism for alterations, he has mostly been consistent with the source material. Now, with the final chapter of ‘The Hobbit’ before us, fans are waiting with bated breath. Can Jackson top what he has done before, despite what critics have said about the first two installments?
Lee G. Lovett says early reviews of ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ have claimed that the film is nothing if not the solid ending that the story deserves. As an ending to the ‘Hobbit’ trilogy, the film has been praised as epic and sentimental while resting on the performances of talented actors. As the final film that Peter Jackson will set in Middle Earth, it deserves our respect if for nothing else.
Critics have called ‘Battle’ the ‘leanest and darkest’ of all the Tolkien adaptations. While the film will involve the culmination of Smaug’s storyline, ti will also feature heavily the human element involved in this journey.
The film releases on December 18th, 2014.