The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Trailer
Finally the first trailer for Peter Jackson’s film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been released. So far the director has been tight-lipped about the third and last installment of The Hobbit trilogy. The movies are of course inspired by J.R.R Tolkien’s children book The Hobbit set in Middle-Earth. I was skeptical that a film version of a rather short children’s tale would work. However, Peter Jackson has taken every possible reference to events of The Hobbit found in other work as well and written an enlarged story that I think is worthy of Tolkien. As for the last movie in the trilogy set to be released in mid December we finally have a full length trailer showcasing what viewers might expect from this epic. The trailer was shown a few days ago at the San Diego Comic-Con where Peter Jackson and most of the cast were present to answer questions.
You can watch the trailer below courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures…
I first decided to dare watch The Hobbit movies after the second film The Desolation of Smaug was released to good reviews. I skipped the first after it only received mixed reviews. Of course I had to watch the first one on Blu-Ray before I could watch the second one in the cinema. I was not disappointed with the first and enjoyed it greatly. I think Peter Jackson has done a marvelous job with the limited amount of material available to him. The additions to the story are well worth it. Jackson continues his valiant effort after adapting the Lord of the Rings more than a decade ago. I agreed with his vision of that book as well. J.J.R Tolkien’s original work has plenty of deficiencies from a story telling view and the adaptation fixed most of them. I am not a purist. I hate it when somebody ruins an adaptation for quick profits but most good adaptations are remarkably different from the original. Blade Runner come to mind.
The first Hobbit movie is not a short one, the extended version clocks in at just over 3 hours. The movie is a strange one, I didn’t mind Peter Jackson takings his time to offer plenty of exposition to the story but just near the end it became too much. The story is a very bleak one despite the many lighthearted scenes with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves. It is also surprisingly violent. I think it was Sleepy Hollow that held the previous record for most chopped off heads! The second movie had a similar flaw like the first, it dragged on near the end. However, the wonderful additions to the cast such as the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug and Evangeline Lilly as the intriguing elf Tauriel added to what was a better story than the first.
Now we have only a few short months to wait until the last movie is released. Peter Jackson has proven that he is still king of storytelling even if Tolkien purist say otherwise. J.J Abrams will have to hike up his efforts to beat Jackson with Star Wars Episode 7 next year. A Battle Royal indeed. This was The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Trailer