Next week, we’ll return for the final time to Middle-earth with Peter Jackson. The final installment of The Hobbit Trilogy: The Battle of the Five Armies will connect it to The Lord of the Rings and give us a 20 hour Middle-earth epic that we’ll be able to revisit for years to come. I am not sure why, at this point, the studio bothers Jackson about running time. These are long films. But in every case, the extended editions, released a year after the theatrical cut, have improved the film, sometimes dramatically so.
Last year I reviewed the extended edition of An Unexpected Journey before we traveled to the theaters to experience The Desolation of Smaug, and if you want to revisit either of those just click on the title to be taken to the review. As I did in my review of An Unexpected Journey, I’m not going to retread old ground, I’m going to focus on what was changed and how it affected the overall film. Continue reading Movie Review: The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition *MAJOR SPOILERS*