First thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies or The Hobbit 3 or simply Hobbit3..

The final chapter is delivered better than the previous two (An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug) but all three installments fail to capture the J R R Tolkien masterpiece (The Hobbit) the way Peter Jackson could do with The Lords of The Rings books.

The Battle had interesting moments but didn’t look epic on screen.

The development of characters further in this part and the development of events leading to the grand finale give a feeling that something is missing, is incomplete.

It didn’t give the feeling of watching a complete movie in itself, a milestone of the three TLOTR movies. Yes, the three installments of TLOTR are incomplete without each other and a jump from one to other bypassing the next renders the story meaningless for someone who wants to see the story to its end but each narrative is weaved in a way that we don’t feel that we are watching an incomplete work while watching the movies separately. We don’t get the feeling of ‘something’ missing here, something that Peter Jackson couldn’t do with The Hobbit. 

Yes, still a much better production than routine Hollywood studio Sci-Fi, superhero and fantasy flicks with finesse in use of colours, frame elements, camera and technical tools, a sort of weariness can be traced from TLOTR movies to The Hobbit movies.

A book into three movies Vs three books into three movies – a possible reason for the fallout!

Will Peter Jackson take up more Tolkien stories?

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What next for Peter Jackson after ‘The Hobbit’?

The One Ring and the Rings of Power?

After ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies (TLOTR & TH), the One Ring and the Rings are waiting to be narrated on screen.

Also, people would love to see the face of the Dark Lord, Sauron, seen so far as a dark spirit and the ever watchful eye at the top of the Mordor tower.

The J R R Tolkien epics have given Peter Jackson so far over 16 years of meaningful engagement with filmmaking and global fame flew home with it. The introduction of his every bio reads like ‘the film director known for TLOTR and TH trilogies’.

TLOTR trilogies delivered impeccably from 2001 to 2003 were creativity’s high points in filmmaking. And the fantastical fantasy narration was a major financial success as well, year after year. TLOTR movie brought in around $3 Billion in Box Office revenue.

So far, the two instalments in the TH trilogy have been major financial successes as well with earnings of around $2 Billion on Box Office, though running low on the critical appreciation that came with the three movies of TLOTR series culminating in the path-breaking imagery in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’. TROTK was nominated in 11 categories of the Academy Award and won all including the ‘Best Picture’, the first fantasy film to achieve this scale.

So far, the two TH movie have been visually enthralling and pulling on storytelling but the elements that made TLOTR franchise a class apart are absent. Let’s see if Peter Jackson delivers on this front as well with the final instalment, The Hobbit 3 (The Battle of the Five Armies) scheduled to release on December 17.

With this, the cinematic narration of the two most famous works of the J R R Tolkien’s legendarium would be complete.

And there comes the question that what next for Peter Jackson after TH3, given the fact the Tolkien legendarium is quite extensive and there are many elements in TLOTR and TH trilogies having enough of storytelling potential to develop in full-length movies and central of them is the story of the ‘Rings’.

Hope, Jackson would not have been bugged by the ‘fantasy fatigue’ after working for so many years delivering fantasies (his another major directorial success of the intervening period, King Kong, was again a fantasy adventure epic).

Because the story of the One Ring the Rings are to be told on the cinema screen and given his passion for and his run with Tolkien’s works, Jackson can deliver again and The Silmarillion is waiting to meet its extensions from TLOTR and TH.

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