There was just the one clip from the last installment of The Hobbit trilogy that Peter Jackson & Co. showed the audience at the Warner Bros panel at San Diego Comic-Con ’14... and now we get to see it too! Warner Bros has released the teaser trailer of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies for our viewing pleasure.
My first few thoughts are:
- Chilling. Epic. But mostly just chilling.
- The use of Pippin’s song in this trailer feels right. It’s a good way to use that song again and connect The Hobbit to The Lord Of The Rings. (And the fact that Pippin’s song came in the third film of LOTR trilogy makes its usage in this third movie of The Hobbit trilogy is even more appropriate.)
- Realistically speaking, I suspect that the reason why Pippin’s song is used in the trailer is because they don’t have a scoring ready to be used yet. However, it still sounds good and feels right anyway.
- Now I really want Pippin’s song to be used in the movie. It’ll be a great way to have Billy Boyd involved again.
- I suspect this will be Luke Evans’ moment to shine. The trailer teases a lot of heroic moments for Bard the Bowman. I hope the end product delivers on that.
- Galadriel and Gandalf are yet another reason why I get goosebumps. Again, Pippin’s song fits whatever is happening there perfectly, walking through shadows and all that.
- Sauron’s eye at the end of the trailer made me shudder. For all that Smaug is evil, Sauron is still the bigger threat.
- The Hobbit film writers absolutely love Richard Armitage. They keep giving him the best lines. After “if this to end in fire, then we will all burn together”, he now gets to play Thorin Oakenshield delivering the fierce line of “I will have war.“
- Bilbo’s monologue at the beginning of the teaser trailer is absolutely heartbreaking.
Are you not gross sobbing into your keyboards yet?
“one day i’ll remember, remember everything that happened: the good, the bad, those who survived, and those that did not.”
I can’t actually watch too much of this trailer because I don’t want to cry even more than I already did.
I’ve been very worried about the BOTFA film; PJ has been slow in keeping us updated. It is now end of July and we still haven’t seen much – not even by way of still images – of the film. The only thing significant that happened was the title change from There And Back Again to The Battle Of The Five Armies. Right now, I have very low expectation of the movie (also taking into account how The Desolation Of Smaug took a huge leap away from the book), mostly because of this sense of ‘unpreparedness’. I hope everything will go well and we can see something else soon. It really is time for a production blog, Mr. Jackson!
On the meantime, let’s just enjoy the teaser poster where Bilbo is kneeling holding Sting. Can we say epic again? EPIC.