Why all the hate for the name change of the third Hobbit film? I think “The Battle of the Five Armies” is a good fit for the overall storyline of this last installment, but I am also one of the few Tolkien fans who has never had a problem with Peter Jackson’s interpretations. He’s made these movies his own, he’s explored these characters and given them depth; you can’t do that and stick to the original storyline:
because these characters aren’t in that book.
The title There and Back Again sounds soothing to me, like a comfy blanket that you wrap yourself up in when settling down to read a good book. That title makes me feel safe: we went, and we’re eventually going to make our way back again. But that’s not what this movie, on it’s own, is going to be about. It’s going to be gritty, it’s going to be rough emotionally, it’s going to be filled to the brim with battle cries and clashing weapons; that blanket just ain’t gonna cut it, my friend! Peter Jackson needs to draw in the people who are not already fans, as well. “There and Back Again” sounds like a poem, The Battle of the Five Armies sounds like action, it sounds intense; battles (both physical and emotional) are brutal and there is no guarantee that you will make it back alive.
“There and Back Again” was the title that Bilbo gave his book, telling the story of his adventures after he made it back home. So in that respect I think it will be a nice, sentimental title to use for the three movies as a whole. But this upcoming movie isn’t even here yet, the story yet untold. Fans of Tolkien have a good idea who is going to make it back home and who isn’t but the general public does not. I know the concept is hard to grasp but there are people out there in the world who have no knowledge of Hobbity things.
So I, for one, am behind the name change. I’ve learned through the years to enjoy adaptations for what they are, not what they should be. When I want Tolkein’s version, I’ll reread the book; right now I’m interested to see what Peter Jackson has to offer. Either I’ll like it or I won’t but it will be exciting either way, because I’ve never heard this version before.