Peter Jackson Says ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ is His Favorite ‘Hobbit’ Movie

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The Hobbit Battle Five Armies Comic Con 2014 Peter Jackson Says Battle of the Five Armies is His Favorite Hobbit Movie

It’s been a very long (and unexpected) journey for director Peter Jackson – who, over ten years after his first Lord of the Rings franchise installment, was brought back to direct two Hobbit movies, only to see the job expand to an entire trilogy. The filmmaker wasn’t even supposed to sit in the director’s chair for The Hobbit adaptation, stepping in to replace Guillermo del Toro when MGM’s bankruptcy disrupted the planned production schedule.

At first, moviegoers were skeptical when Warner Bros. announced that the second entry in the Hobbit film series would be split into two piecesThe Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again (now: The Battle of the Five Armies); yet, some still believe that regardless of The Hobbit‘s relatively short page length, Jackson would have needed to rush through a lot of important material - if he had been limited to only a pair of Hobbit films. Criticism of the choice resurfaced when The Desolation of Smaug released (read our review) – and audiences expressed dissatisfaction with the movie’s cliff-hanger ending. Now, with only five short months until the final Middle-earth saga entry is released, the director is reflecting on his six-entry series - promising that the last entry is well-worth the wait.

In The Hobbit press conference at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Jackson went so far as to state that The Battle of the Five Armies is actually his favorite film of the new trilogy – promising a “thrilling” conclusion to his time in Middle-earth:

By the time we are done with this film, I think it will be the most emotional, the most tense of the three – I think it’s my favorite of the three. Seriously, it’s got a nice thrill and a pace to it. It’s something that, when you get to the end of it, it’s going to feel like the right time to hand over the future of the ring. I was always very much aware of it being a six film set. There was always a sense that one day, long after all this is over, if it’s going to exist in the world it will be as this six film series – that’s how future generations are going to think of them. It starts with The Unexpected Journey and ends with Return of the King.

hobbit battle five armies trailer Peter Jackson Says Battle of the Five Armies is His Favorite Hobbit Movie

Beyond just touting the upcoming entry, it’s good to hear that Jackson feels as though The Battle of the Five Armies will adequately bridge the gap between the conclusion of his Hobbit trilogy and The Fellowship of the Ring – and that the entire series will work as a single narrative (albeit one that is broken into six distinct chapters). To that end, the filmmaker also reiterated that, while many moviegoers would love to see him continue exploring Middle-earth by way of The Silmarillion (written by Tolkien and his son Christopher), it’s highly unlikely that he, or anyone in Hollywood, will get a chance to tell more Tolkien stories on the big screen.

Warner Bros. only owns the rights to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings novels – whereas the rest of the writer’s work (including The Silmarillion) remains under the control of his family. Given the frosty relationship between Hollywood and the Tolkien estate, who have publicly decried Jackson’s adaptations, it will be a very long time (if ever) that any of that material is adapted for screen.

The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies logo Peter Jackson Says Battle of the Five Armies is His Favorite Hobbit Movie

Regardless of what may or may not be in store for the franchise in the future (Jackson even teased about someone else remaking the films within his lifetime), it’s exciting to hear that the filmmaker believes he’s brought The Hobbit storyline to a satisfying conclusion. After all, The Hobbit films have been underwhelming to some fans – smaller in scale and unable to recapture what made the original film trilogy a pop culture phenomenon.

Hopefully, Jackson isn’t exaggerating when he claims The Battle of the Five Armies is his favorite installment in the new trilogy and, of course, he makes no mention of how he’d rank the movie within the entirety of the six-part series. Still, if the director truly delivers a thrilling and emotional conclusion to The Hobbit storyline, it’s possible that, once all the dust has settled and fans can look at the entire trilogy (not to mention sexology) as a whole, they’ll find more enjoyment and value in the prequel chapters than they might have originally.

MORE: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Comic-Con 2014 Poster


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters on December 17th, 2014.

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  1. So when is the release date for the special edition blu-ray that put all three movies back together and removes all the crap that’s not in the book?

    • I dunno but I’m holding out hope for that 6 movie box set.

  2. The Hobbit adaption should have been amazing. But greed and poor planning ruined it. I would have loved a three and a half hour long Hobbit movie, and a five part LOTR adaption, instead we get a mutilated LOTR Trilogy, and The Hobbit so crammed with garbage it’s laughable.

  3. The 1977 animated Hobbit film, while not perfect, did a pretty good job of translating the book to the screen, and it was 77 minutes long. These current films are an adaption, ‘inspired by’ The Hobbit.

    Not to be Mr. Negative, but I am already looking forward to this story being re-done, hopefully in my lifetime, by another director. I would also like to see more Tolkien onscreen, unlikely as that may be due to the rights issues, but Peter Jackson is the new George Lucas, for me. Thanks for the memories, but it’s time for someone else to get behind the wheel.

    • Yea, Jackson is (in my opinion) doing the Lord of the Rings trilogy a great disservice with his new “Hobbit Trilogy”, or at least, Lord of the Rings Prequel Trilogy. I think it (The Hobbit movie) could have worked as duo, as long as they were only around 100 minutes or so, or as one movie the length of Return of the King. But three movies that almost clock at three hours is milking it to the highest extent. Radaghast the Brown (while mentioned in the book) is basically Jar Jar Binks of Middle Earth in my opinion.

      • And in my opinion with regard to the Jar Jar comparison; rubbish. Plain and simple. At least Radagast is actually useful and actively assists Gandalf in investigating Sauron’s return. Jar Jar spelled doom for the whole galaxy.

  4. The could always try to get the rights to “The Silmarillion.”

  5. I for one have enjoyed The Hobbit movies. Are they perfect? No. But I had a lot of fun watching and think people expect too much from these adaptations. Now I agree the LOTR series of movies were superior however Hobbit was not too bad for what it is. I love middle earth stuff and hey if I can get as much from the Hobbit as source material can provide, even from appendices, then all the better.

    • I guess if you’re a fan of the book then you’d think the movies weren’t that good. To many new plot lines and characters were added to the movie that never occurred in the The Hobbit book. I’m not asking for a movie that word for word follows the book. It’s disappointing that Jackson took so much artistic license just to try and appeal to a wider audience and bring in more cash. In the end I think he made three lousy hobbit movies.

  6. Some of you people are just plain selfish and do not understand that movies are almost never like the books. You have to take them as 2 completely different worlds. It is an adaptation, and they clearly state in credits for every book to movie adaption that it is ‘based’ on the said novel.

    This is the last we will see of Tolkiens world, so why don’t you just shut up and enjoy it! And if you do not want to enjoy it, keep your nasty comments to yourself, because a lot of people are actually excited and want to enjoy this last movie.

    I apologize for coming off rude, but it just drives me insane that people these days do not appreciate what they get. These movies could have been horrible, but based off of numbers and the amount of fan following that there still is, they are not.

    Again, I am sorry for being rude, I am usually not this outspoken on this site. :)

    • THANK


    • Thanks for that. It seems like The Hobbit films have the same role as Avatar, in that a lot of people love them (both Hobbit films made about $1 Billion) but some people just love to hate on them again and again and ruin the fun for others.

      I loved the first one and watched it about 4 or 5 times (including the EE, which I liked even more) before the second came out – and I rarely watch films more than once in a year. I’ve only seen the second in the theatre though since I didn’t like it as much. Yes, I believe it was a weaker film, but it certainly wasn’t bad. I look forward to the third, and will watch the EE of the second before seeing the third.

      I also loved the LOTR films, but recognize these as a different entity in the series with their own tone, and don’t expect them to be done in the same manner (like the books weren’t).

      • “It seems like The Hobbit films have the same role as Avatar, in that a lot of people love them (both Hobbit films made about $1 Billion) but some people just love to hate on them again and again and ruin the fun for others.”

        There’s the hilarious illogical thread in some comments that if you don’t like the movies you then just love to hate and ruin things for others. Really, people just can’t not like The Hobbit movies and shouldn’t comment if they don’t like the movies? But at the same time it’s alright for you to comment that you liked the first hobbit movie… And how is he movie Avatar similar to The Hobbit movies? One is based on a book (The Hobbit). The other is a screenplay and was never based on a book.

    • You just won internet commenting :)

      Your right; everyone always has to have their sarky opinions and assume its important!

    • “This is the last we will see of Tolkiens world, so why don’t you just shut up and enjoy it!” “Keep your nasty comments to yourself”.

      You must be part of Jacksons production company and don’t want negative comments about the movies. Sorry, but if a movie isn’t good and someone doesn’t like it they have every right, just like you do with your comment, to say what they feel. You are partially right that sometimes movies don’t follow a book, but sometimes they do. In this case The Hobbit movie is not The Hobbit book. And it’s sad that this may be the last movie set in Tolkien’s invented world…to bad this last movie was horrible.

  7. It’s still hard to get excited about these movies. I have bought the Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray weeks ago, but for some reason I haven’t watched it yet. Sure, I saw it in the theater, but still… ususally I watch my Blu-rays as soon as possible.

    • I’ve had the same exact experience.
      I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve watched the original trilogy and I’ve even watched An Unexpected Journey a few times already but Desolation of Smaug is still in it’s wrapping sitting on the shelf.

      I liked the movie overall, I really did but for some reason I keep finding an excuse to watch something else.

      If Battle of the Five Armies ends up being what us fans have been hoping for I’m sure I’ll go back but as of now it’s just collecting dust while I rewatch The Dark Knight or Iron Man for the 15th time. :)

      • “I liked the movie overall, I really did but for some reason I keep finding an excuse to watch something else.”

        Yup, same here.

  8. “Waaaaaah, the movies aren’t exactly like the books! Me no like, waaaaah!”

    OMG get over it -_-

    Yes book-movies should be the actual books, but changing it a bit isn’t THAT BAD. I mean seriously, can’t you just get over it and accept the movies?

    Oh I forgot, you’re “real fans” and would rather not see the films on-screen and expose more people to The Hobbit. You’d rather just let the books stay the books.

    • No one is saying they expected a word for word exact reading of The Hobbit book in The Hobbit movies. You say changing the movie just a bit from the book, but there numerous plot lines and characters added to the movie that were never in The Hobbit book. And what is disappointing is that Jackson obviously did it to appeal to a wider audience and bring in more cash. So to make what could have been two good movies into three crappy movies just to make more cash is sad.

  9. First of all, I’m sure it is because the first two were not good movies.

    Second of all, what’s he going to say? DOS is my favorite, right before Battle of the 5 Armies is released?

  10. The Tolkien family is example why Copyrights should never extend too much further than their originators. If even outlast their originators. Heirs are seldom good stewards and that is especially true with the Tolkien estate.

    Tolkien himself wanted the Middle Earth stories to become British based Myths. This will only happen once the copyrights have expired and others can create their own stories around Middle Earth but the Tolkien estate will never let this happen while the copyrights exist.

    • If it weren’t for the Tolkien estate (Christopher Tolkien especially), much of what we know about Middle Earth never would have been published at all. Tolkien did indeed want to create myths for Britain, but when other people take his work and change it (especially the core elements) it is no longer Tolkien’s myths – it’s just fan fiction. I think it’s fine for other people to make adaptions, like Peter Jackson has done, but I don’t really recognize the Hobbit movies as being Tolkien’s creations – which is why the Tolkien estate won’t release any more material from copyright. Unless they have read the books, people don’t really know what stories Tolkien created and that’s a shame. The Tolkien estate is trying to be good stewards to Tolkien’s myths by not letting Hollywood bastardize them beyond recognition. If you’re interested in exploring more in depth of how Tolkien has been skewed by the movie adaptations, check out Ted Sherman’s videos on youtube. He’s a professor that teaches on Tolkien and posts his lectures online.

  11. If it wasn’t for Jar Jar Wormtongue and all those completely unnessecary scenes with Legolas I would probably have enjoyed this movie a lot more.

  12. I think the biggest mistake Jackson did with these movies is that he cut so much from the book.
    Where is the long trek through Mirkwood? That might’ve worked as a movie on its own(with a great deal of rewriting, yes, but it would’ve been a lot of fun to watch). We could’ve seen each of the party display a special skill set for the various threats and impediments encountered in the forest such as the black squirrels and the magical river. Have plenty of character moments and stuff. If necessary, foreshadow LOTR more. Maybe already introduce Bard on his own. Then, have the movie culminate like the first one did – at the mountain.

    And then, there’d be a nice load of plot ready to be turned into a script for the last film.

  13. I for one am glad this is the end of Jack’s butchery of two classics.I don’t believe the Tolkien estate will allow more junk in this vein. please retire mr Jackson!!!!!

  14. I thought that it was great! I mean I know it didn’t follow the books and Peter Jackson had lots of artistic license. However, I think he did an outstanding job. Sure there were loads of CGI effect, but it was a good movie overall. LOTR is way better though :)