The final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies continues to build the plight of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his quest for glory. If you’re looking for a movie this holiday season that has nothing to do with its title character, you’re in luck! There are no Hobbits in these parts, best be looking somewhere else. Check out the trailer after the break.
How should this day end indeed, Gandalf? I believe a trilogy called The Hobbit shouldn’t end on the focal point of Thorin Oakenshield, that’s for sure. An Unexpected Journey did a fine job introducing us to Bilbo and his legacy, but The Desolation of Smaug completely flip-flopped the story’s main character to Thorin. This would be a great idea if that was the idea to begin with and there wasn’t so much going on with Gandalf, Sauron, Lake-town, the Elves, Azog, Radagast the Brown, Elrond, Smaug, and of course Bilbo, who’s perspective is completely cast aside despite being the title character. And not to mention some silly, made-up love triangle between Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Kili ( Aidan Turner), and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).
Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-earth is well welcomed, these films are cinematic achievements in their own respect, but they are a complete mess with so many ideas and themes floating around here. There is no ends to the means that The Lord of the Rings trilogy stood on to keep it on track. You could follow the through line and understand where the three films were going. Here, it’s just a bunch of filler events that remind you how much better the LOTR trilogy is.
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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.