Peter Jackson relieved to complete The Hobbit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 December 2014
Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' director Peter Jackson is looking forward to sitting on a beach having finished the last film in the series

Peter Jackson is looking forward to sitting on a beach having completed 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'.

The award-winning director admits he's keen to escape the stresses that come with trying to bring the novels of J. R. R. Tolkien to the big screen.

Peter, 53, admits he felt a pressure to do justice to the iconic novels, but he explained: "I don't have those responsibilities any more. I can go to the beach.

"But I mean, any film has responsibilities because you're spending money that's not yours, and so you've got to be responsible for their view."

Peter also admitted he's been desperate to entertain fans with 'The Hobbit' trilogy.

He said: "I also feel very responsible for the fact that you're trying to entertain people and for me, a failure is to make a film that people go to and pay their money to go see and they don't like.

"So from that point of view, I'm sure that there are people who have seen these films and they don't like them. But the majority of people have gone and enjoyed them, which, for me, is why we do what we do."

What's more, Peter explained that 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' will be the last Tolkien story he turns into a film, because the author's other work is legally protected.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 2h 24min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood
  • UK release: 12 December 2014

Smaug's on the rampage, Thorin is consumed with greed and war breaks out. The final instalment of Jackson's Middle-earth adventures features moments of spirited action and some terrific performances, but like the other Hobbit films it pales in comparison to the episodes of the previous trilogy.

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