Leigh Whannell, the director of Insidious 3, recently dissed the Hobbit trilogy stating that they maim the Lord and the Rings series.
"The Hobbit films have done as much to disembowel & pee on the memory of the LOTR series as the Star Wars prequels did to the first three," Whannell tweeted on December 23.
While the final in the trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, has received mixed reviews, and while there have been positive reactions there have also been some very scathing ones.
A very unflattering review by Slash Film actually calls the movie the worst of Peter Jackson's trilogy. The introduction itself is dismal, setting a negative tone, and following it up with reasons why the movie fails.
"Every time Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, we expect something special. All of hisLord of the Rings films got Best Picture nominations and while The Hobbit films haven't lived up to the achievement of the first three movies, they've had their moments. In my reviews of An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug found things to like about each film, despite their flaws.
So, following the trajectory of the first trilogy, I hoped The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies would be the best of the bunch. Imagine my disappointment to find out it was the opposite. Below, read our Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies review."
This review seems to stand out against the good reviews the movie has gotten thus far.
Most publications have given the movie a thumbs up, and some, like The Independent have gone as far as to say that the final in the trilogy is also the "strongest."
Here's what some of the early reviews for the movie have to say:
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies promises to be the New Zealand director's final excursion into Tolkien territory, and for that some praise is due, for staying the course if nothing else...this film is a fitting cap to an extended series that, if nothing else, has transformed Tolkien's place in the wider culture. -- The Guardian
The new film marks a magnificent, Wagnerian-style finale, full of sound and fury, and with an unexpected emotional kick. The Hobbit trilogy started in tentative fashion, picked up momentum and ends in a way that is likely to satisfy even the most die hard fans of one of the most popular franchises in movie history. -- The Independent
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will hit theaters on December 18.
Watch a trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies here: