Our friends at Screen Junkies have submitted another entry in their ongoing Honest Trailer YouTube series. This time, they breath their fiery verbal quips and cynicism onto The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Before you say goodbye to Middle Earth with The Battle of the Five Armies, relive The Desolation of Smaug, the bloated second chapter in Peter Jackson’s mercilessly long Hobbit trilogy.
It’s easy to laugh at this video, because it’s all true.
Yes, turning the book into 3 movies was likely 2 movies too much. Yes, there are characters, love triangles, and scenes that are based on supplemental material, if at all. Yes, the movies are laden with an overuse of CGI. Yes, the movies do everything they can do remind you they’re connected to The Lord of The Rings. Yes, the heroes of the movies seem to repeatedly defy the laws of physics by falling from ridiculous heights and walk away unscathed (a personal gripe of mine).
However, despite its flaws, it has been quite the adventure. Through LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring and now The Hobbit: Battle of the 5 Armies, Peter Jackson has taken us there and back again. Unless Peter Jackson decides to adapt The Silmarillion (I can hear the resounding “NO” stemming through the screen), this movie marks our last trek into the (cinematic) world of Middle-Earth. The LOTR/Hobbit series has been a monument to cinema and pop culture since early 2000. I’m kind of sad it’s over.
I’m not the only one having a hard time saying goodbye. In the new featurette, “Leaving Middle-Earth,” Director Peter Jackson and the film’s actors Luke Evans, Lee Pace and Evangeline Lilly reflect on what they will miss most upon leaving Middle-earth.