New Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (TBOFA) is shaping up to being one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Not only is it the last of the Hobbit trilogy, but it is the last Middle-earth movie for a good while. With a 45 minute battle (read our article about it here) and a reported 3 hour run time, there's a lot to be excited about its release next month. And now, we have our main trailer.

I'm not going to break down and analyze the trailer but I will point out some key and interesting things about it. First is the tone. The first Hobbit film was criticized for being too light-hearted and childish in tone, comparative to the dark nature of The Lord of the Rings. The second film definately built towards regaining that mood but didn't quite reach it. This third one seems like it will be closest to recapturing the tone of the first trilogy.

The trailer also shows just how epic the battle will be. The Hobbit films have been known for taking J.R.R. Tolkien's source material and expanding on it. While the Battle of Five Armies was epic in the book, director Peter Jackson is taking it to the next level. It seems that the army of Orcs are bringing armored cave trolls to battle as well as war-bred bats. Even if people are opposed to The Hobbit films, none can doubt that Jackson can create an epic battle on screen. 

It seems that a main point of this movie will be to dive into Thorin's character as he delves into the greedy madness over the gold his grandfather had. As it was in the book, it seems Thorin's blindness will only lead to ruin. We also see glances of the Battle of Dol Guldur, where the White Council will face off against, what seems to be, the Ringwraiths. And Saruman will take on Sauron himself.

The scale of movie leads itself to the possibility that this may be the best of The Hobbit movies. Jackson even said himself that it was his personal favorite. While The Hobbit will probably never reach the spectacle and the pure experience that is The Lord of the Rings, TBOFA may be the closest to that we will get in a Hobbit film.

What do you think? Did you like the trailer? Are you excited for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
Email us your movie questions at:
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @movieparadise99