The Defining Chapter Approaches
Did you see it?
I mean, have you seen the Offical Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?
No? Then watch it below and continue reading …
Blown away? Join the club! 😀
That was rather mind-blowing, wasn’t it?
The tone of the whole film is set up beautifully in this trailer: the gloominess, the despair, the threat of war.
The attack on Lake-town (the little we’ve glimpsed) looks utterly gorgeous; not that I have anything against the good people of Lake-town, but I can’t get over Bard’s expression of desperation surrounded by fire.
And that’s the thing that really made this trailer stand out: the emotional resonance and the characters’ stories.
Kili defying his uncle; Thorin’s descent into madness; Bilbo’s struggle to avoid war …
“Bilbo is right. You cannot see what you have become”, says an emotional Dwalin to his loyal leader. I’m getting a lump in my throat every time I see that.
Having seen Dwalin’s fierce sense of loyalty towards Thorin in the first two films, it really hits hard when you finally see him recognize the devastation this Quest has brought with it.
One of the highlights of this trailer (and there are many), is Galadriel and Gandalf surrounded in Dol Guldur by what look like the spectral forms of the Ringwraiths. Then, Elrond steps in a draws his sword – brilliant.
Those chills! The chills!
But what of the Battle of Five Armies itself? It looks more like an all-out war on an astronomical scale: goblins, trolls carrying catapults, precision-skilled elves, orcs and more orcs … (the list goes on).
The battle seems to be a mixture between a siege, an open battle and some serious political tension – all within the vast landscape encompassed within the desolation of Smaug: perfect.
Oh! and the cherry on the cake: Christopher Lee as Saruman! “Leave Sauron to me!” … the feels I get are beyond this world.
P.S. Did we also just see a glimpse of Mount Gundabad too? 😉
I’m sorry, but I have to stop now … have to watch the trailer again (and again).
Now that you’ve seen (quite probably) the last Middle-earth trailer for a long while, what do you think?
Fire away! 😀
(Copyright of trailer screencaps belongs to Warner Bros. and MGM Studios)