Trilogy Thursday: The Hobbit
The Hobbit: Part 3
(currently untitled, Max and I gave him our input and he chose the title we gave him, but I am not at liberty to divulge that information at this point in time.)
Max: Color me surprised, but Peter Jackson was able to pull it off again. He used a lot of material from the appendixes of The Hobbit for this film and it’s fitting it ends with starting the events that will happen in Lord of The Rings. I tend to think that’s the best part of the New Star Wars trilogy. Those crucial last 10 minutes where it felt like the original trilogy again. Martin Freeman continued his incredible performance of Bilbo Baggins. It would be a shame if he wasn’t consider for Best Actor at least once for his epic performance.
If there’s one bad thing about having seen all these films so early…I won’t be able to travel back into this wonderful world made by J.R.R. Tolkein again. These three movies are masterpieces that hold up well to the original trilogy while keep completely true to the books. What more could you ask for?
T: It is hard to share all the awesomeness that is a part of this third chapter of the series without spoilers, but I will attempt to do my best. This one is the one worth waiting for! Armies, battles, victories, losses, Jackson continues telling the story of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in magnificent fashion. As with most trilogies, loose ends begin to be tied up as the story draws to a close, but not without tremendous battles and the opportunity of treasure and truth revealed.
The thing I loved most about this final installment is that amid all of the action and adventures that take place in the climatic installment, the focus of the hobbit himself does not get clouded. Jackson stays true to Tolkein’s work and makes sure that all that happens shows an impact on the development of Bilbo Baggins. He very craftily begins to paint the picture that explains more about his character in the Lord of the Rings and also explains a little bit more as to the character and adventurous nature of Frodo himself.
So much happens in this final chapter and it helps explain relationships in Jackson’s award-winning trilogy. The elves, the dwarves, Gandalf, the hobbits, so much gave me those “aha” moments while watching not just the third film, but all of The Hobbit movies.
This third installment very nicely wraps up Bilbo’s adventure. Ending in the Shire where it all began was so fitting, because, of course, that’s where we first see Frodo in The Fellowship of the Rings. Jackson knows what he’s doing and ties it all up nicely. I’m proud to call him “friend!” Look for the final installment in theaters in 2014.
T: With such a great foundation laid by The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy succeeds in becoming a foundation to The Lord of the Rings as well in return. It would be remiss of me to close up my review of this trilogy without mentioning the amazing soundtrack put together for it. It is, afterall, the music that helps tremendously in transporting the viewer right back into the land we remember from The Lord of the Rings. Absolutely amazing.
I wish to thank Peter Jackson, Ian McKellan, Elijah Wood, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, and so many more of the entire cast for their hospitality and their awesome work. Oh, and Orlando Bloom, I’ll send the elvin ears back…sorry about that. Didn’t think you’d notice they went missing. And please tell Evangeline Lilly to call me!
(The preceding report is, of course, completely and 110,000% true, with no errors or falsehoods) On, another note, it will be so interesting to come back to this in a few years after seeing the trilogy and seeing if it reads as true!