'The Hobbit' trilogy was a solid prequel to the ground-shaking masterpiece 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. However, there are some major flaws with 'The Hobbit', that makes it less enjoyable. In honour of its last instalment, we count the top 5 reasons why 'The Hobbit' did not hold up against 'Lord of the Rings'.
5. We don't care about most of the dwarves
We know and love Thorin for his bravery, Kili for his compassion, the old dwarf for his wisdom but THERE ARE 10 MORE. That's way too many! We love them because of their mischief and sense of fun as demonstrated by the singing around the table scene in the first movie but if one of them died, would you really feel as sad as you would feel if Bilbo or Gandalf had died? Which brings us to my next point.
4. Gandalf and Bilbo aren't in danger
Gandalf and Bilbo, who are the main characters cannot die because this is a prequel to 'Lord of the Rings' and they show up in it. They can get tortured, manipulated and corrupt but the audience feels terror only if someone is in danger of losing a life, which takes away from the experience. There really isn't anything Peter Jackson could have done but its worth a mention.
3. Character development is rough
One of the greatest things about 'Lord of the Rings' is that you experience Frodo slowly get corrupted by the ring. This happens majorly throughout the last movie. The word 'throughout' is very important in the last sentence. A major plot point in the last movie is that Thorin becomes corrupted with power. Instead of seeing him slowly become corrupt, the symptoms are shown near the end of the second movie and he becomes corrupt in the beginning of the third movie. It isn't smooth at all.
2. The stakes are low
In 'Lord of the Rings', the world is in danger of being destroyed. In 'The Hobbit', a pack of dwarves fight to reclaim their treasure. Don't get me wrong, the entire story is epic but in the back of your mind, you are aware that it is not the end of the world if they fail.
1. The entire trilogy is unbalanced
The strongest factor of 'Lord of the Rings' is the perfect mix of action, adventure and suspense in every movie. It keeps you entertained whilst telling a great story. For me, 'The Hobbit' felt very unbalanced. The first has too much walking. The second has too much talking. And the third has too much action. This is because the entire trilogy is a movie. I guess this is what happens when you stretch one book into three movies.
Overall, I think 'The Hobbit' would have been a tiny bit better if it had been two movies. Tell us what you think of the series? Do you agree with the list? What bothered you about 'The Hobbit'? Tell us in the comments below!