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The Hobbit: Same Movie, New Title

The Hobbit: Same Movie, New Title

| On 24, Apr 2014

The third installment of Peter Jackson’s “Directors Cut” of The Hobbit has a new name: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. This will be the final film of J.R.R. Tolkien classic 1937 novel set in Middle Earth, a novel that received an equal amount of screen time as The Lord of the Rings trilogy of books, which had six times the amount of pages when first published.

Jackson explained it in a Facebook post on Thursday:

“Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug

“When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title,” Jackson continues. “We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.”

 “There and Back Again” was a title for the hardcore Tolkien fans and was not a strong marketing choice for a mass appeal. “Battle for the Five Armies” delivers some dramatic finality that will attract non-readers of the books and more closely describes the task at hand for the dwarves in the Lonely Mountain after the death of the gold-loving dragon in 2013’s “Desolation of Smaug.” Coming out on December 13, 2014, elves and man will combine their strength with the dwarves and battle goblins and their pet wolves, the wargs. 

Either way, you can count me out of any viewing of the High Frame Rate (HFR) version of the film. I watched the first Hobbit in this flat, too-realistic soap opera version, that I was never able to get out of Bilbo’s bland house in the beginning and couldn’t enjoy the film. I checked out the traditional 24fps version a few weeks later and enjoyed The Hobbit as a film and not a high-key BBC documentary.  

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