#OneLastTime...Finally - How The Hobbit's Lack of Characters Gave Us Middling Earth - mxdwn Movies

December 19, 2014 12:44 AM

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The concluding chapter of this epic Hobbit franchise, The Battle of the Five Armies, hits theaters this week, but one cannot deny that the kind of anticipation and excitement that made Return of the King into one of the highest grossing movies of all time is, well, sorely missing. Sure people will see it (myself included), but this has gone from feeling like an event to feeling like an obligation. At this point, the most interesting thing to come from the franchise is that “Hobbit-sized” now means unreasonably large.

The biggest issue facing The Hobbit from the start was that it would be naturally likened to the earlier, superior Lord of the Rings trilogy. While in many areas this would be a bit unfair – a film franchise should be allowed to stand on its own without having to ape or live up to its predecessors –...

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