We’ve had just under a week to savour it and now, here are my thoughts on the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies …
Moving, emotional, sweeping and epic.
The clue is in the name itself: teaser. At 1 minute 48 seconds, we didn’t get any background information on the next stage of the journey or where the story will take us. Rather, we were given hints at what’s coming.
In other words, it’s brutal.
This sense of doom and gloom over all the characters is handled beautifully by Billy Boyd’s voice, singing “Home is Behind, the World Ahead”. In a way, it presents an intriguing symmetry to some of the most resonating themes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
We’ve already witnessed the scene in An Unexpected Journey, where a reluctant Bilbo is being told by Gandalf those words – as the adventure begins. That same sentiment is felt across the entire span of the two Trilogies, right till the moment Pippin – a solitary hobbit in the middle of a war – must accept the horrible reality he is in.
With that song accompanying viewers, we witness the fury of Smaug’s attack on Lake-town (admittedly, a spine-tingling scare every time he swoops over the camera), the evolution of Thorin’s character, and the oncoming war.
In the middle of all this, is the character of Bilbo: who is struggling to accept the repercussions of the adventure he’s let himself into.
In what looks to be the most emotional of the three Hobbit films, the performances – especially, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage – together with the visuals, will be the main driving force for this concluding (but not final) chapter in the Middle-earth saga.
Unlike the teaser for The Desolation of Smaug, where I had voiced some concerns about certain non-realistic visual effects shots, this new teaser is nothing of the sort. Polished, graded and gorgeously rendered, it gives a taste of the scale and massive proportions of the story.
With the recent change of the third film’s title, it seems only natural that the teaser ended up focusing on the events surrounding that part of the story; but those who have read the book will know the staggering wealth of storytelling that is yet to come in December.
Peter Jackson has made his statement clear with this teaser. He’s going out with a bang. And it seems he’s not going to disappoint (to the great trepidation of some Tolkien purists …) 🙂
(Screencaps taken from Heirs of Durin. Copyright of Warner Bros. & MGM Studios)