Recently one of the greatest franchises of all time finally came to an end, and though we are filled with sorrow, we got some pretty awesome movies out of it. I know there's a lot of controversy surrounding the Hobbit movies, but we're not going to go into it. This is purely a ranking of which movies were better than the others.
As always this is opinion based and it would be appreciated if all opinions are respected and taken with consideration (that means you author!).
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
They dropped the ball on this one. While it isn't anywhere near a bad movie, it isn't as good as the others. All of them are long but this one seems to drag a lot and nothing really ever seems to happen to advance the story (not physically of course, because they do a lot of walking). You meet some new characters and you get some action sequences that make you want to act like a little kid again, but you lose interest in it after a while. On the plus side though, we get to see Smaug, Beorn, and like I said, we get so many incredible action sequences that you really do look past it's faults.
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Oh don't act like you didn't see this coming! After what I faulted DoS for you know I'm about to go to town on this one. Let me just say that this movie had a large task ahead of itself and there really wasn't a way for it to end any differently. But it still had it's faults. This movie is crazy long. Like, ridiculously long. And there's a lot of focus on Frodo freaking Baggins. Don't get me wrong, I hate Frodo, but there's only so much a man can take. No fault to Elijah Wood but Frodo is not why I watch LOTR. Frodo is not an interesting character to watch onscreen and when this movie spends a lot of time on it, people like me get real sick of it really quickly. That being said, this movie has some of the best action scenes that have ever been put to screen. The acting is great, it's fun to watch (if the fast forward button is handy) but 1000 endings coupled with the previously mentioned problems just gets this one placed at number 5.
4.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
This movie is the return to Middle Earth that me and a lot of other LOTR fans were hoping for and it did not disappoint. Now this one had less action than DoS but it's just as long so how can it be better. Well, where DoS barely seemed to advance the story at all, this movie gave us a flowing story and told it so smoothly that once you start this one, you have to finish it. It also introduced us to a pantheon of dwarf characters that were so diverse and interesting that everyone could have their own favorite. The Misty Mountains Cold provided a triumphant theme for the characters to charge into battle making this movie epic! It has problems (one of which being the multiple changes that just didn't make much sense) but for a reintroduction to Middle Earth, this movie gets the job done.
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Now before you get the torches and pitchforks I need you to listen to me. This movie is terrific, they all are, but it is the third best. Now look, half of this movie is dealing with characters that are not Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli. That is a problem. And it's not the movie's fault, that's the way it had to be and, to me, those parts just aren't interesting enough. It's compelling to watch but I'm more prone to skipping the parts that aren't the three above mentioned characters. This movie did, however, give us some of the best visuals that have ever been seen. The ents. AWESOME! That scene where all the uruks were gathered around the tower in Isengard. AWESOME! The Battle of Helms Deep. I believe I've made my point.
2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Have you ever thought, I wish there was a movie where the battle lasted for like half the movie? Well this is that movie, and yes the battle lasts that long! It was so awesome! We didn't need the bothersome slow pacing of the previous movies, we got to action. Any movie that starts off with a Dragon destroying a city is a good movie! I know a lot of people were afraid that it'd end like Return of the King but they were pleasantly surprised by one ending. This movie. So much awesomeness. It ties up all the stories that it introduced and sets up the LOTR movies. Also when you set up Aragorn and Legolas meeting you please fanboys and girls everywhere. This is the perfect way to end a franchise. Marvel, take notes for Infinity War.
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
This is the movie that started it all. It introduced us to our beloved cast and it brought the book to life in a beautiful way that no other adaptation has ever since. This movie gets extra point for me though because of the Fellowship. Everyone was together and we only had to follow one storyline. Yes it could've used more action but this is the LOTR movie I watch when I just wanna pass some time with a good flick. Also, when Frodo was on screen, there was always someone more interesting there to focus on in this movie so we don't run into the same problems that we do in later movies. This is one of those cases where the first one is indeed the best.
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