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The Extended Editions of ‘The Hobbit’ Movies Are Actually Really Good

If you’ve followed my blog for a while then you know that I’ve talked quite a bit of smack about The Hobbit movies but to be honest, I really enjoy these films. I’m a bit ashamed to admit I know the first two films by heart and that I cry at the end of the third one…every time. But there was a spell where I stopped watching The Hobbit films because I got bored.

Then recently my sister and I purchased the extended editions of the 1st and 3rd one Hobbit movie (we already had the 2nd one) and our obsession over these movies was reignited. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey doesn’t have a bucket load of new content but what it does have is fun to watch. There’s more scenes from the Rivendell sequence, including a rather fascinating moment between Bilbo and Elrond. And there’s even an extra song from the Goblin King which is a bit cringe-worthy but it is kind of catchy…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug however has the most new content with a bunch of really fun sequences. I especially loved the scenes that were based on scenes from the book that were cut out of the theatrical version, like the one when the dwarves and Bilbo are in Mirkwood and they have to cross the magical river. That was always one of my favorite parts in the book so to see it cut out was unfortunate.

Unfortunately, there are no extended scenes with the elves in Mirkwood which would be really cool but alas, it’s still a blast to watch.

And The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has some really nice (and viciously gory) content. There’s a bit of glorious content added to the best sequence in the film when Galadriel has to rescue Gandalf from Sauron with the help of Saruman and Elrond. But primarily, the extended content is displayed in the actually battle which gives some nice moments for all of the dwarves, moments that were unfortunately taken out of the final product; including a riveting chase scene with trolls, wargs, and lots of arrows.

And to make the emotional tidbits just that much more painful, there’s an extra scene featuring Thorin Oakenshield, Fili and Kili getting a bit of a funeral sequence that makes me weep my eyes out.

All in all, I may talk cold smack about these movies in comparison to The Lord of the Rings films but personally, I actually really have a lot of fun watching them and the extended editions are really fun indeed.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

Throwback Friday: Arwen, Eowyn, Galadriel, or Tauriel: Who Was the Greatest Heroine?

Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were mainly male-dominated but amidst all of the lovable heroes there were a few powerful heroines who helped not only make the movies better but also shined in their own personal spotlights. So today I’m making a post to celebrate these incredible women and debate which heroine was the greatest. Enjoy!

Arwen

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Arwen never had much screen time in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and for the most part she was treated as solely Aragorn’s elven love interest, which is super boring. Especially considering how great of a warrior she really was. She not only evaded the Nazgul as she transported a grievously wounded Frodo to Rivendell but she also managed to conjure the river to her aid to sweep the Nazgul away from those lands! That’s pretty awesome! She would probably be my favorite heroine if she had more scenes displaying her as a warrior instead of a sappy, smooching elf. I still love her though. 🙂

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A Movie Ranking: Luke Evans

I knew nothing about Luke Evans until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I was pretty much smitten instantly but beyond the actor’s impressive looks he’s become an actor who I actually like in each of the films he’s managed to grace. Namely, in Beauty and the Beast as Gaston…but I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? Let me get to this movie ranking. Enjoy!

6. Clash of the Titans

Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans (2010)

I don’t even remember seeing Luke Evans in this movie but I’ll tell you this, this movie is so bad I watched it. Does that make sense? It was so laughably terrible that I ended up watching a good chunk of the movie just to see how much worse it was going to get. Lol. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Luke Evans

A Movie Ranking: Orlando Bloom

Another week has passed and that means it’s time for another A Movie Ranking. Today, I’m featuring one of my favorite actors as a teenager, Orlando Bloom. Enjoy!

10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario, and Brenton Thwaites in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

I like the Pirates of the Caribbean films but this was one that just didn’t make me as happy as the other ones did. I wasn’t as invested in the characters and the storyline is too complex for its britches.

9. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a pretty dismal conclusion to what could’ve been a very epic trilogy. And while Orlando Bloom’s role as Legolas in the film isn’t exactly horrible he is bombarded nonetheless by the ridiculous script, turning him into more of a superhero than simply an Elven warrior. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Orlando Bloom

The Reasons Why ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t As Good as ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Twenty days ago I started a near three-week enduring The Lord of the Rings marathon where I slowly but surely watched all three Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. In short, I had a blast. But that led me to want to watch The Hobbit just to remind myself why The Hobbit Trilogy wasn’t as good as The Lord of the Rings films. Of course, I wasn’t going to torture myself and watch all three Hobbit movies. Instead, I went straight to the best installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it was a blaring realization why these movies weren’t nearly as good.

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First off, how come we have much better technology nowadays than Hollywood had in the early 2000s’ and yet the CGI looks way worse? Like George Lucas, Peter Jackson got a tad bit lazy and didn’t want to work as hard on the practical effects, electing to rely heavily on CGI. While that is perfectly fine it can be disastrous if the CGI isn’t good–and The Hobbit Trilogy‘s CGI is mediocre–it leaves the film looking terribly artificial. Continue reading The Reasons Why ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t As Good as ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Romance Is Part of the Reason Why ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy Isn’t That Great

The Hobbit Trilogy can be perfectly compared to The Lord of the Rings like the Star Wars prequel trilogy is to the original Star Wars trilogy. There are things about the films that work but it is plagued overall with too many unforgettable mistakes or silly moments. One of the aspects of the films that is one, unnecessary, and two, a bit unbelievable, is the romance.

I’m right now rewatching all of the Hobbit movies and as I’ve reached the second installment in the trilogy that’s when the romantic aspect awakens as Kili and Tauriel first meet and honestly, a while back I used to like their relationship but now it’s just annoying.

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Kili is an important character, we all know that, but in the first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he is treated as a side character who isn’t given much to do other than be a part of the company. It’s only until The Desolation of Smaug that he is given a larger role and it’s a bit jarring. Especially that the role upgrade was only to incorporate needless romance into the movie.

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