On Peter Jackson “Winging it…”

Dwarves vs Elves

The Chaos of The Battle of the Five Armies 

Before ever we set foot inside cinema theatres to watch the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, ardent fans, paying close attention to the online marketing campaign of the film, would have been aware that this last Middle-earth film was a rough road for the filmmakers.

Rumours had spread that something was amiss and that Peter Jackson’s 6-film closing statement was not as up-to-scratch as expected. The director himself, well known for his scruffy and dishevelled appearance, looked even more so and exhausted than ever before; and yet, with almost a year of post-production dedicated to this third Hobbit film, what went wrong? Continue reading

Tolkien Week: Days 3 & 4

Middle-earth Marathon Hangover (header)

Something of a Middle-earth Marathon hangover …

So I missed a post yesterday. And yet, I was still exercising my Tolkien Week celebration duties. That back-to-back trilogy marathon took me way beyond what I had originally planned to do.

What I thought would be a day-by-day, film-by-film, viewing turned out into the final 4-film stretch all in one evening. Continue reading

The Thorin vs Azog Duels: An Analysis

Thorin vs Azog (analysis)

Why AUJ’s scene works better than BOTFA’s

The comparisons are obvious and the decision to include an initial confrontation between Azog and Thorin at the end of An Unexpected Journey, cleverly foreshadows the eventual meeting at the end of film 3.

It is my intention to analyse the two scenes and work out why one works better than the other.

For the purposes of this analysis, I will be referring to the Thorin/Azog scene at the end of An Unexpected Journey as the “Pine Forest Confrontation”; whilst the scene in The Battle of the Five Armies will be referred to as the “Ravenhill Conflict”.

Time and time again, I have found that the Pine Forest Confrontation has been a constant tear-jerker since my very first viewing of the film. With the Ravenhill Conflict, the emotional resonance lies only AFTER the conflict has ended.

I do not want to go into much detail on the Ravenhill Conflict, as I’ve already said much in a previous post (The Problematic Climax of ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’).

What follows is a personal opinion and is not meant to generalise the overall feeling of any fans or viewers of the film. Continue reading

Old Bolg back in The Hobbit!

Bolg (old design)

From being slain in An Unexpected Journey to chief torturer in The Battle of the Five Armies

I’ve grown rather fond of the final appearance of Bolg in The Hobbit trilogy. Although I had some initial reservations, I’ve come around.

You may probably have noticed by now that the original design for Bolg (and originally Azog – it’s slightly complicated so here’s a link to a detailed post about the design history: Azog, Bolg … and Yazneg: The trio’s tangled design history), has made an appearance in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Missed him? Continue reading

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ – Review

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-Smaug has finally arrived!

As promised, here’s a much detailed review of the second installment in ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy. Having seen the film three times so far, I’m able to delve into a bit more detail concerning the workings of the film.
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