Even though I had already decided that The Hobbit definitely didn’t need three films, I just want to reiterate that position; having seen the final installment, I remain utterly convinced that it never should have become a trilogy. The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies is entertaining for sure, but like in a “let’s get drunk and watch it with friends while we make sarcastic comments” kind of way. Remember how the last one failed to include the desolating of a certain dragon, even though that was the title? And originally the third film was supposed to be called “There and Back Again”, but it became “Battle of the Five Armies” in a change that Jackson called “completely appropriate.” I have some suggestions of my own for alternative titles that I believe would have also been completely appropriate:
The Hobbit: More Thranduil Please!
The Hobbit: Every Creature In Middle Earth Is Probably A Mount: A Pig, A Moose, A Goat, A Bat, You Name It!
The Hobbit: My Strange Addiction: Dragon Sickness
The Hobbit: Do I Have To Try To Melt A Dragon To Get A Solid Gold Floor Like That? Because It Looks Awesome
The Hobbit: Everything In Middle Earth Has Been Bred For A Single Purpose (And That Purpose Is War)
The Hobbit: The Laws Of Physics Don’t Apply To Legolas
The Hobbit: Only Half Of The Dwarves Get Speaking Roles
The Hobbit: Martin Freeman Is A Treasure In Every One Of His Scenes Even In This Stupid Movie
The Hobbit: Thirteen Dwarves Without Helmets Make All The Difference In A Literal Battle With FIVE F–KING ARMIES!
The Hobbit: Elvish Fathers And Sons Are Too Pretty To Hug It Out
The Hobbit: It’s Always Eagles To The Rescue At The End Of A Middle Earth Story. IT’S ALWAYS F–KING EAGLES!
(Seriously, can we get a story that is just an exploration of the eagles inner politics and why they never get involved until the last dire minute?) I did like seeing Galadriel wield her ring of power, I LOVED Thranduil and his ostentatious moose, Smaug was terrific, and the credits sequence was beautiful. But all the good, necessary parts in this bloated, fan-fictiony trilogy could have easily fit into two films, An Unexpected Adventure and There and Back Again. And the titles would have made more sense.