“The Defining Chapter”
This was in the official teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.
I can’t remember the last time I took issue with a subtitle (although I’m sure it’s happened), but I’ve decided not to accept this last chapter in the current Middle-Earth film saga as defining the whole of it.
Why? Here’s a quick chronological breakdown of what got me to this place:
- Enjoyed the first movie; I would have made several different choices but good start
- Desolation of Smaug was crazy, but I worked on it and was eager for Five Armies. I’m sure everything would pay off in the end as far as choices made
- After seeing Five Armies I can look at the Hobbit trilogy as a whole – indeed the subtitle invites me to do this will all six of Peter Jackson’s films
- Looking at the Hobbit films I find the concluding chapter does not justify the direction these three films have gone – at least not for me
- They are good movies, just not how I would have done it. Shocking since I wasn’t consulted on the films 🙂
The result of the Hobbit films was I enjoyed the universe they were in but not the story they told (in comparison with what I would have liked to see). To define the entire film saga by that would be a disservice to the other films that occupy it.
So take that, subtitle! I’ll be doing the defining around here, not you.