After you viewed the movie, did you get the feeling that...
You were totally ripped off, as the main antagonist, the one-armed Orc, waltzed away into the sunset? Look...everyone knows that this trilogy is based on the book, and the DRAGON is the main antagonist. So how you, or any normal director, is supposed to structure this, is to have smaller stories interwoven into the trilogy so that each movie stands out as its own entity, DESPITE it being a trilogy based on a book. Look at any multi-movie franchise and thats how its structured. Not because its a law, but because its how you send an audience out the theater fulfilled
Yes, there's two more movies upcoming, and of course the Dragon would remain untouched in this movie, but you still have to put a PERIOD on this 3 hours that people are watching TODAY! Right now
! As an award (?) winning director, how did he not do what the average dime-a-dozen director does?
He builds the one-armed Orc up throughout the movie as the secondary, EXPENDABLE antagonist of this 3 hour movie you're watching TODAY
! He's NOT in the book!! Never mind about the Dragon, its the main villain of the TRILOGY? The Orc is given a motivation based on revenge, is in hot pursuit of the protagonists, and even puts a bounty on them. There are SIDE obstacles thrown in the protagonists' path, like the rock giants, hungry trolls, Golem, and Goblin King army. Side obstacles, and are treated as such. The Orc is clearly your expendable villain of the 3 hours you're watching TODAY! Dont hand me the Goblin King, its a side character looking to collect the bounty imposed by the MAIN villain.
The protagonists fight the Orc. Happens all the time. The hero will clash with the villain several times in a movie before the climactic finish. The climactic battle was not only one where the Orc didnt get a scratch, but he walks away unscathed...and the credits roll
...worst rip off I had ever experienced at a movie. As a stand alone blu ray? No way
! If I catch it on cable or On Demand, fine, but $35 for a film with no pay off? No.