Why 'There and Back Again' is better than 'The Battle of Five Armies' for third Hobbit film

Daniel Wood
3 May 2014
Why 'There and Back Again' is better than 'The Battle of Five Armies' for third Hobbit film
The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a better title than 'The Battle of Five Armies'

Very recently Peter Jackson announced that the name of the third film in his Hobbit trilogy was receiving a name change. It would no longer be called 'There and Back Again' and would instead be known as 'The Battle of Five Armies'.

Trilogy movie titles do have the capacity to be scrutinised. When the third Christopher Nolan Batman film revealed it was being called 'The Dark Knight Rises' people weren't happy. And don't even get me started on 'Batman Vs Superman' or 'Superman Vs Batman'.

However this time it's a Peter Jackson Middle Earth movie film title I find myself disagreeing with for a multitude of reasons. Of course I'm going to list those reasons now, and hopefully you guys will agree with me, but knowing the internet probably not!

Well, first of all, I was completely used to 'There and Back Again' as the third film's title, I can adopted the acronym TABA quite easily and I thought it was a fitting title for a third and final movie, not only for the Hobbit but for Jackson's Middle Earth films as a whole. The idea that Bilbo Baggins and Peter Jackson had gone 'There and Back Again' appealed to me.

I also find 'The Battle of Five Armies' incredibly reductive; it reduces the film to being one prolonged set-piece, which is all well and good for films like 'Dredd' or 'The Raid 2' because they literally are just prolonged set pieces. However the third Hobbit film is so much more than just the Battle of Five Armies, however the new title suggests that the iconic Middle Earth battle is the film's only appeal.

'The Battle of Five Armies' is also a little basic don't you think, like 'Batman Vs Superman'. We didn't call the first film "The Hobbit: Bilbo and Dwarves Get Chased By Orcs" or the second film "The Hobbit: Dragon". I liked the whimsical Tolkien-esque titles that the other five Middle Earth films had and the 'Battle of Five Armies' is a departure from that.

Nevertheless regardless of my reservations this is the title of the film now and there's nothing that I can do to change that. I'm just a guy with a laptop expressing my opinion and we all know how far that gets anyone. But, what do you guys think? Do you, like me, consider 'There and Back Again' a far superior title to 'The Battle of Five Armies', or do you think the new title is brilliant?

Daniel Wood is a long-time 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' fan after his dad read him both books as bedtime stories as a child. Of course back then he didn't understand a word he was hearing, so he's grateful they made films. Follow Daniel Wood on Twitter.

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