5 Issues with the Latest Release of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

… and by extension, the whole series of movies.

Plenty of other people have done better, more detailed reviews of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films. I’m not going to add to that list. Instead, I’m giving you a non-review in the form of a listicle. I’ll try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible.

This list is presented by Troy L. Wiggins from Afrofantasy.

Here are the five things that I disliked the most about the latest big-screen installment of The Hobbit:


Not Enough Bilbo

I’m not too keen on Martin Freeman’s comedic stylings, but the man can play a darn good halfling. The film series is called The Hobbit for Ilúvatar’s sake, but we only see Bilbo show up in key plot moments, and even then only to do something entirely predictable for the sake of pushing the story along. Bilbo is the most well-rounded, most believable, most interesting character in the film (dare I say the whole film trilogy), but Jackson saw fit to give Thranduil more screen time – presumably to show us all what an awesome job the effects team did with Lee Pace’s makeup.