hobbit movie problems

Even the most ardent defenders of Peter Jackson‘s three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit acknowledge that none of them come close to matching the highs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Something about them just feels off from frame one, like something important is missing. Whatever spark made the first trilogy such a magical experience is missing here.

And it’s now apparent that no one knows this more than Jackson himself. In a new special feature on the newly released extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Oscar-winning filmmaker is completely honest about his experience on the films and how a rushed schedule sapped his spirit. You will never see a filmmaker look more tired, lost and despondent than you will here. It’s genuinely heartbreaking.

Keep on reading to sort through the various Hobbit movie problems with Peter Jackson as your tour guide.

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The Hobbit trilogy extended edition in theaters

Earlier this month, we learned Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy would be returning to theaters in October, but it would be the extended edition of each film on the big screen this time, marking the first time the longer editions of the film have played in theaters. However, official details on the screenings were still a little hazy today.

But that’s changed as Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures have just announced the official dates for The Hobbit trilogy extended edition in theaters, and they’ve also released a trailer for the event which you can watch below! Read More »

Lifesize Minas Tirith

Much to the chagrin of fantasy fans, Middle Earth is not a real location. While you can visit certain areas of New Zealand where shooting locations from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have been turned into tourist attractions, it’s just not the same, and a lot of fans can’t afford to fly over there.

But what if Middle Earth, or part of it, could be realized in the United Kingdom? That’s what a group of J.R.R. Tolkien fans and architects is hoping to do with a new croundfunded project that hopes to build a lifesize Minas Tirith replica somewhere in the south of England. Read More »

The Hobbit rated R

When we heard an extended version The Hobbit trilogy would be coming to theaters in the fall with the unveiling of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies extended edition, it wasn’t all that exciting of news, if only because the new trilogy just isn’t as good as Lord of the Rings and the last thing anyone wanted was for those movies to be longer.

However, our interest in at least the third film in the longer version of the franchise might be piqued as The Battle of the Five Armies extended edition has reportedly been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. Find out more about The Hobbit rated R after the jump! Read More »

Peter Jackson Christopher Lee tribute

In case you haven’t heard, yesterday we lost big screen legend Sir Christopher Lee. The man who brought such gravitas to his iconic turns as Dracula and Frankenstein in decades past became a very familiar face to a much younger generation as a villain in both the Star Wars prequels and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His passing at 93 years old is truly a loss.

And to pay further tribute to the icon, director Peter Jackson took to Facebook for a touching tribute that just might bring a tear to your eye. Read the Peter Jackson Christopher Lee tribute after the jump. Read More »

Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies honest trailer

Screen Junkies couldn’t simply end their series of Honest Trailers for The Hobbit Trilogy with an Honest Trailer. They’ve teamed up with the How it Should Have Ended animation team for a mega-takedown of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Check out The Hobbit Battle of Five Armies Honest Trailer below. Read More »

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When’s the last time you rolled your eyes and scoffed “oh, that’s rich”? Has it been a while? Would you like to do it now? Because if so, we have the perfect occasion for you.

Peter Jackson, director of three Lord of the Rings movies and three Hobbit movies, has gone on the record criticizing Hollywood for being too “franchise driven.” He also thinks the advent of technology has helped the industry lose its way. Say it with me now: “Oh, that’s rich.” See, wasn’t that satisfying? Read the Peter Jackson franchise comments after the jump.  Read More »

Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies review

Note: This review originally ran on December 9. We’ve republished now that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in theaters.

Every time Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, we expect something special. All of his Lord of the Rings films got Best Picture nominations and while The Hobbit films haven’t lived up to the achievement of the first three movies, they’ve had their moments. In my reviews of An Unexpected Journey, and The Desolation of Smaug I found things to like about each film, despite their flaws.

So, following the trajectory of the first trilogy, I hoped The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies would be the best of the bunch. Imagine my disappointment to find out it was the opposite. Below, read our Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies review. Read More »

Peter Jackson Isn’t Ruling Out More Tolkien Movies


Peter Jackson has now spent six films and most of the past 15 years in Middle-earth, but he’s still not ruling out another return. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit director says he’d “probably” be up for another journey into J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world.

If you’ve been entranced by his Hobbit trilogy, this is great news. If, on the other hand, you’re more inclined to agree with the weary Honest Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you’re probably groaning at the news.

In any case, Jackson isn’t planning his return trip just yet. First, he plans to spend some time making films about the parts of New Zealand that haven’t been turned into hobbit holes. Read Jackson’s comments on more Tolkien movies, and watch the Smaug Honest Trailer, after the jump. Read More »