Thursday, 24 April 2014

A NEW TITLE FOR THE THIRD HOBBIT MOVIE


When they decided to split the Hobbit movie into two, it made sense to subtitle the films 'An Unexpected Journey' and 'There and Back Again', since both are derived directly from J.R.R. Tolkein's book. When they decided to split those two into three (a decision which, itself, didn't make much sense to me), it made sense to make up a subtitle for one of those three, though I was never a fan of 'The Desolation of Smaug'. But now, according to Peter Jackson, 'There and Back Again' doesn't make sense any more for the final Hobbit installment, and it has therefore been retitled 'The Battle of the Five Armies'. Jackson claims that 'There and Back Again' didn't fit any longer, since Bilbo has already arrived 'there', being that big mountain where the dragon lives in The Desolation of Smaug. I claim (more accurately, since I'm not a studio-funded sycophant desperate to wring more money out of this franchise than it's worth) that it's because The Battle of the Five Armies sounds like the kind of film dumbass fanboy LOTR obsessives, and their even dumber cousins - the general moviegoing public - want to see, whereas 'There and Back Again' sounds more like the kind of thing that might show at a film festival. Remember when Peter Jackson was the kind of director who could rub shoulders with festival favourites? He was lost along with Jackson's spare tyre...