After making a huge splash at Comic-Con this past weekend, Warner Bros. has released its first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. You’re getting pretty much the same content from the comfort of your own home or desk, but without having to wait in line for hours on end. Will Peter Jackson’s final film in The Hobbit trilogy come to a satisfying conclusion? See for yourself after the break.
This is the first time I’ve seen the footage since I didn’t bother trying to get into Hall H. The Battle of the Five Armies has much of the same look as the previous installments, with a tad more darkness with the brink of war on the horizon. It looks and feels like a Peter Jackson Middle-earth adventure, which is not hard to imagine, but will it be The Hobbit film we’ve been waiting for?
For the most part, this new Middle-earth trilogy has not lived up to the epic grandeur as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. An Unexpected Journey was a decent start and The Desolation of Smaug was just an over bloated action set piece. Many would tell you opposite.
What I am looking for in this final Hobbit movie is for the direction to focus back on Bilbo’s (Martin Freeman) journey and perspective. We’ve had too much dwarf revenge action from Thorin (Richard Armitage) for my taste. And that missing perspective of Bilbo is what makes this story so compelling. I hope for the best and look forward to this final chapter. One, for it to exceed my expectations; and two, for it to just end.
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The plot synopsis for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies comes courtesy of Warner Bros.:
In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Bilbo’s journey culminates in a desperate and dangerous choice as darkness converges on the Lonely Mountain and the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom.
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies stars the Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Luke Evans, Orlando Blue, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Aidan Turner, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Ken Stott.
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters in 2D and 3D on December 17, 2014.
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Source: Warner Bros.