from Peter Jackson The Hobbit trilogy ended last December with Battle of the Five Armiesclosing the metaphorical book on movies that mimic but failed to recapture the spirit of Under the spell of the Ring movies from ten years earlier. According to Variety, although the films will be back in theaters for a short period of time in October. The special extended versions of an unexpected journey, The devastation of Smaugand Five Armies will hit 500 theaters on October 5, 7 and 13, respectively.
These movies aren’t without their highlights – Martin Freeman is excellent as Bilbo and Benedict Cumberbatch is a justifiably terrifying Smaug – but they’re sandwiched between hours of overwrought, slow-motion battle sequences, unnecessary cameos, and odd material thrown out elsewhere in JRR Tolkien’s writings. . They were also tonally inconsistent, something that comes from turning a relatively short, light story for older kids into a three-movie epic. If there was one thing these movies didn’t have to be, it was that longer.
As Variety notes, the October 13 screening Five armies will be the first opportunity for viewers to see the expanded edition of the film; the extended versions of the other two are already available as digital downloads and on DVD and Blu-Ray.