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“Will you follow me, one last time? – Thorin”

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  • What is this movie about?

Third instalment of the Hobbit trilogy. On the previous one we were left with Smaug the dragon flying towards the city, ready to burn it down while some dwarfs are inside the Mountain. Here we see what happens with the village and what its results has: five armies ready to fight for what belongs to them.

  • Why should you watch it?

If you are a Tolkien fan then you must watch it. If not, then you should watch it too. Out of the three movies from the Hobbit trilogy, this is the one with more action (99% of the film the characters are fighting), which makes the movie quite entertaining as you see that everyone has their reasons to fight and recover what belongs to them.

Nonetheless, this movie is a bit too long, same with the previous too. But that is pretty normal, seeing as the original material, the book, has merely 200 pages. So when you make a more than 6 hours motion picture that long, something must be added/invented to fill in the gaps. It is bellow the quality of The Lord of the Ring trilogy, yes, but it still is an entertaining movie and they are making some references to the other stories, which is quite welcoming for the fans (despite it not being in the book).

  • Did you know?

– In the book, the whole battle of the five armies takes place in just one chapter.

– Legolas is not in the Book

– This film has the shortest running time of any Middle-Earth movie, running at 2 hours and 24 minutes.

– Despite being one of the main antagonists in the second film and featured in the cliffhanger, Smaug never appeared in the final trailer.

– Though the movie revolves around the thirteen dwarves, there is lesser screen time devoted to Thorins company in the Theatrical Version compared to the previous movies. However, as Peter Jackson claims, the Extended Version will add 30 minutes of film, thus making it the longest addition in the franchise.

– There were multiple scenes that appeared in both the teaser trailer and the first official trailer that were not in the film.

– This is the only Middle Earth film directed by Peter Jackson to not begin with a flashback of some kind.

– Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) does not feature in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy because her character was made-up by Peter Jackson. Jackson met Lilly after he finished filming the first Middle Earth trilogy and liked her so much that he promised to include her character in Tolkien’s other stories, should they be made into film. When Jackson started filming the Hobbit, Lilly received a phone call bringing Tauriel’s character came to life.

– The only actors to appear in all six middle-earth films are Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett.