Prepare yourself for the ultimate battle!
It’s going to be a crazy week next week with the premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. So, let’s all just remind ourselves again why this movie is a big deal.
First of all: trailer.
Secondly, it took me more than a month of communications with the people who are publicizing this movie to obtain permission to use many, many pictures for our magazine (All Film; formerly called Total Film, Indonesian edition.) When we finally got them – a few days later than anticipated – they came with the warning of “please increase your security measures for these images because you are being given a large amount of print exclusive pictures”. They absolutely do not want any spoilers getting out… which means, even after that trailer, we should expect more and more details in the film that we have yet to see so far.
Finally, this is it. This is the end. …or not. But it is the end for now. 16 years Peter Jackson has dwelt in the realm of Middle-earth and it is finally coming to an end. Luckily for us, The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings live on discs – several times over, considering how many versions of the movie there are out there – so it’ll be easy for us to revisit them. But never again will we have the excitement of welcoming a new Middle-earth film on our screens. Perhaps not in our lifetime. Which is why no matter what, be it good or bad, to your liking as a fan of the book or not, this third and final Hobbit movie is designed to be memorable. Three hours of battle scenes? Bring it on.
(And I don’t know about you, but I will be bringing a box of tissue to every screening I go to. It’s going to be hard to see certain deaths – not Smaug’s – that are bound to happen, let alone say goodbye to my favorite film series of the last decade and a half.)
I’ll of course be doing my part in order to make sure The Hobbit ends in a bang. I will be posting full transcripts of my magazine’s interview with a couple of The Hobbit actors. And quite possibly, sound bites from said interview. The goal is to promote the film, prepare ourselves for certain plot strands in the film and the enjoyment of hearing and knowing how these actors craft their characters on film.
I end this prelude to the crazy week of reporting and fan-flailing ahead with the tearjerker of a closing song from Billy Boyd, “The Last Goodbye”. (Would you look at that: it’s a Took of an actor singing for a movie whose main character is part-Took!)
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.