J. R. R Tolkien opened the doors to a vast fantasy world in 1937 with his novel ‘The Hobbit’. The universe was truly explored in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ book trilogy which was published in the span of one year from 1954 to 1955. Almost half a century later, the world which deserves a cinematic adaptation, received it through the Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy movie series. The film series probably stands on the top of all movie trilogies, along with ‘The Godfather’ trilogy and the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy.
A decade later, the much-anticipated expansion of the universe took place through the ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Through this article, I rank all the movies from Tolkien’s universe. Before we get started, let me make it clear that I’m sympathetic towards movies which are derived from books. It’s not possible for a movie to do complete justice to the book. The makers of such movies and TV shows are subjected to extreme pressure from the book fans. I will be stating this point multiple times throughout the article. And, I don’t rank the movies based on their commitment to the book. So let’s get started. Here is the list of all ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ movies ranked in order from worst to best.
6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ is the final chapter in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Packed with action episodes, CGI creatures, and set pieces, this film picks up right where the previous one left off, so don’t go in expecting a bunch of exposition or recapping. This is the only “Middle-Earth” film that does not begin with a flashback, which I find quite interesting. However, the film capitalizes on this, because, despite being the worst Middle-Earth film overall, the opening scene is one of the best scenes in the whole series, including the ‘Lord of the Rings.’
After the first 15-20 minutes, the film starts spiraling down. ‘An Unexpected Journey’ is decent but during the ‘Desolation of Smaug’, I could notice a sharp decline in quality and things began to really drag out. ‘The Battle of Five Armies’ continues that trend. The CGI that is used in the battle scenes are not up to the mark, which I’m sure you noticed in the first two films. However, there is a battle scene that is absurdly long. There is no sense of danger whatsoever. It’s almost like they are fighting on the moon, weightless. Fans of the book may find it bloated and changed almost beyond recognition at times, but it is still a fun, action-packed spectacle.
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