”All good stories deserve embellishment.” Said Gandalf the Grey to Bilbo Baggins on the eve of their great adventure. For Peter Jackson it’s a phrase to live by. Never more so than when he set out to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit, or There and Back Again’. The result was an unexpected trilogy, that has now come to definite close.
It’s not unusual for sequels to tread familiar ground instead of exploring new and interesting ideas. It’s understandable from a filmmaker’s point of view, since it’s a lot safer to recycle what has worked before. Unfortunately, it also turns sequels into tired, slavish rehashes that nobody really wants to see. Except, of course, if you’re a Transformers fan.