The final chapter of The Hobbit is upon us. In less then a month, moviegoers will be treated to The Hobbit 3: The Battle of Five Armies: a film that not only marks the end of The Hobbit, but the conclusion of The Middle Earth Saga. There are indeed several thoughts in the minds of fans, and likely one question many are wondering is how long will this third film be? If you are wondering about the length of The Battle of Five Armies, then you are luck as Warner Bros has just released the run time for the film. According to WB (and from the screening information on IMAX), The Hobbit 3: The Battle of Five Armies will be 2 hours and 24 minutes.
For fans of the Middle Earth series, this may come as a surprise. Each film in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy run past 2 Hours and 30 minutes; while the run time for An Unexpected Journey was 2 hours and 46 minutes and the The Desolation of Smaug was 2 hours and 41 minutes. This makes The Battle of Five Armies the shortest film in the whole franchise. This detail may be disconcerting to some people out there, however the run time to The Battle of Five Armies actually makes sense.
With the Hobbit movies being based on one book, it makes sense for the final film to be the shortest; especially given where the second movie ended. As fans to the book will know, there is not much left in the story of Bilbo Baggins. Sure the filmmakers can expand upon the battle itself, but even that sequence can only go for so long. This run time also makes sense from a storytelling standpoint. For example: usually in a play, the final act tends to be shorter then the first one. This is due to the fact that the plot points have been established and are ready to wrap up. Granted you do not want to rush the ending; so it comes down to how well the story is paced. So with this film being the final act of The Hobbit, it comes to no surprise that The Hobbit 3 is the shortest chapter in this trilogy; but hopefully Peter Jackson and his team have paced this film to feel like a fitting conclusion.
So now we know how long The Battle of Five Armies will be. With this new information, it is probably safe to say that the majority of the movie is going to be the battle itself. It may seem discouraging to moviegoers, but having this conclusion as the shortest film in The Hobbit Trilogy definitely makes sense from a story standpoint. Plus, if you are going to The Hobbit Marathon, it is likely that this film's run time will not be an issue.
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies arrives in theaters December 17th.