The Hobbit was a good trilogy, not a great trilogy. The issue was the forced connections and splitting the novel into three films. When I heard the series would be two films, that was okay, but three films was way too much. This film is a war film, nothing else and while it is fun, it really lacks the depth that Return of the King delivered. The final showdown is worth the time alone, and this film has a strong conclusion, something ROTK lacked. I didn't like the roll into Fellowship, we really didn't need the forced connection, Jackson should have allowed this series to stand on its own two feet. Strong action scenes and sacrifice, that Marvel should take a few notes from. Hollywood need to create more fantasy films like this, and learn that these films will only fail in the wrong hands. Jackson was the right choice for middle earth, and there is many other franchises waiting for the big screen. The fatigue of the series is felt here, you really feel The Hobbit was only two films, and this is just extra. The film is very short, which begs the question. Why didn't they use a little more time with building this into a bigger movie? The weakest of the series, only due to the simplistic storytelling here. 10/02/2019.