Why You’re Better Off Watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies at Home

December 17, 2014 12:53 PM

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The final chapter of Peter Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkien saga hits theaters today. As a movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is fine. If nothing else, it’s a greatest-hits collection of everything you’ve loved about Jackson’s Middle-earth epics—dragons! battles! sorcery and stuff!—in one series-ending package. It’s also the last piece you’ll need to complete that neat row of DVDs or Blu-rays on your entertainment center. You just have to wait a few more months for it to get out of theaters.

A lot of smack gets talked about Hollywood’s penchant for taking breaking books into multiple films in pursuit of the almighty box office dollar. But while previous book-splitting infractions—Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games—have resulted in a series’ final novel being cut in two, Jackson to...

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