Should Kids See The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?
Peter Jackson’s sixth and final film in J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth universe was released this week. As in the past, we’ve written posts on movies that give parents insight on whether or not it is appropriate for kids to see. If you were contemplating seeing the movie this weekend, maybe this post can help you decide.
Run Time: 144 min/ 2 hours 24 min
Is The Hobbit: TBOTFA violent?
Is The Hobbit: TBOTFA educational?
Is there foul language?
No, from a language perspective this movie is very clean, unless you can speak Elvish, there may have been some name calling, but I can’t say I’m fluent.
Your child should see this movie if:
- They’ve read the books: I actually never read The Hobbit, however I did see the movie with several of my friends who had, and they could not stop talking about how closely the filmmakers stuck to the book.
- They’ve seen the other movies: The film is violent but only slightly more than the previous films. If you were comfortable with the violence in the prequels it would only be fair to allow them to watch the finale.
- They enjoy art, costumes, and storytelling: The movie is a spectacle. Shot mostly in New Zealand, the onsite locations are stunning. The costumes and attention to detail of every character in the movie, from the hobbit’s feet, to the dwarves’ hands, to the CGI characters is fascinating.
Your child should NOT see this movie if:
- They are uncomfortable with death: As stated above this is the most violent film, you will see death, and in some instances it will be center screen.
- They have epilepsy/ get vertigo: The movie is shot at a higher frame rate, 48 frames per second (most films are shot at 24 FPS) this can cause some to get dizzy. If this is the case you can also see the movie at the normal frame rate of 24 FPS.
- They get scared: The Orcs in the movie are vilified in a few disturbing ways. Most have gruesome scars, missing limbs that are shoddily remedied (i.e. a spike is used as an arm), and armor which seems like it was fused with their body. There are other enemies in the film that could scare a child, such as dragons, and trolls that have been mutilated to fit a specific purpose.
- They are uninterested: As stated above, at 2 hours and 24 minutes long, it’s a long movie. If they lose interest there is a high probability they will get restless or fall asleep.
- They cannot read quickly: There are several lines which are spoken in a different language and subtitles are used. While these are few and far between and even missing them won’t hinder the story too much, they are present.
- Why does Bard resent being called sire?
- Why does Bilbo hide the Stone from Thorin?
- Do you think the trade between Bard and Thorin was fair?
- Why did Thorin not go to the aid of his friends?
- If you were in Thorin’s position how would you have acted differently?
- Why do you think Bilbo continues to lie about the ring?
We will continue to add to the list of films we review for parents. If you have any questions about this movie, or if you have any films that you would like to know more about, please let us know in the comments.
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Peter Spain is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a manager at K12. A graduate from George Mason University, Peter has worked for several years in the education and entertainment industry. He strives to make learning fun for children by contributing to the games and activities section of the site, and keeping an eye out for advancements in edutainment.