Alex 🇺🇦’s review published on Letterboxd:
Considering that J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit was one book, and a short one to say the least, it seems that three films was unnecessary. However Peter Jackson managed to stretch Tolkien’s book into three films. The first two films were good action fantasy films, but this third entry and final feature is a mixed feature that had its moments, but was decent at best. One film for The Hobbit would have sufficed; this final part feels like it tries to rush through the material in order to conclude the story. The film feels tiresome, and underdeveloped in the way that it tries to do things. The Lords of the Rings was a great trilogy, and Peter Jackson knew how to successfully conclude it with rousing action and terrific storytelling, and the reason Jackson was able to get so much out of that trilogy was because the story was set over the course of three books.
Here he adapts one book into three films; it just doesn’t deliver the way it did with his previous trilogy. For a final film, I felt that it just wasn’t as exciting as it was supposed to be. I didn’t hate the film, but I also felt it was underwhelming. Despite, there were a few good moments to be had in the film, but overall it was too little too late, and with this third picture, sometimes less is more, and the filmmakers should have stayed with just one film instead of stretching out the story into three films. Of the three Hobbit films, this is the one that is least satisfying, and don’t go into this one expecting a grand epic like LOTR, you won’t find it here.