The first film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy came out last week to a hobbit- sized level of acclaim. Given the massive artistic and commercial success of Jackson’s work adapting J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings novels into a three-picture arc, his latest effort seemed destined to fall short. Some may even question the wisdom of stretching a single novel into three epic films (especially after it was condensed into a single, 77-minute animated feature in the 70s). There is a built- in audience for all things Middle Earth, but we might have been better off with one kick-ass Hobbit movie than a cavalcade of decent ones.
Hollywood should spend less time focusing on grand fantasy adventures that have been around for a century and more time trilogizing movies we really want more from. Here are five films that would make great first installments of trilogies.