This is the go-to version of the Hobbit trilogy. In this edit you follow the main crew the whole way. And it is completely by the book! It is divided in episodes and it is rare to find series that keep you hooked and want to binge everything.
It works all the way till the end, but if I should nitpick, the narrative is not seamless at the end at the battle, and Thorins dragon/gold sickness feels long and slow. But that is more of a script and directors fault, and this version is still BETTER, so don’t get me wrong. If there were any material to fill in some gaps during the battle it could be a 10!
Donkamillo succeeded with a thrilling, funny and epic version of the story (just like the book), without all the bad and cringy action and side plots.
Often I've wondered what could have been. I no longer wonder after watching this excellent edit. This is the pinnacle of fan edits for the Hobbit series and I consider myself lucky to have been able to watch it. This world doesn't deserve DonKamillo but we are lucky to have him. Do yourself a favor and watch this film edit. I will no longer be watching the original theatrical cuts.
After having seen various edits, I believe this one to be the best. I like how well scenes with Azog have been diminished or removed. He also had a very unique and fairly appealing way of dealing with the difficult to edit fight scene between Azog and Thorin at the end of the film. I would highly recommend this fan edit.
Like most people, I was disappointed with the theatrical releases of The Hobbit. The pieces and performances were there, but the format felt off- I always felt it was a mistake trying to mirror the LOTR trilogy with much lighter, more whimsical material- it either needed an entirely new direction, or an entirely different format.
The films really dragged for me, and while some fanedits improved this slightly, none nailed it (including the film cut here). However, re-cutting the films into hour long episodes if a fantastic idea that fixes a lot of these issues and makes the content a lot more enjoyable as a whole.
DonKamillo's edting is excellent- the cuts are more or less seamless, each episode moves with pace and intention and nothing that's been removed is missed. The episodes end perfectly, giving the narrative time to breath and the audience time to digest everything. As a miniseries, with the cuts DonKamillo has made, The Hobbit finally works as a companion piece to the Lord of the Rings movies.