This afternoon marked the release of the first trailer of the final chapter of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy which started with "An Unexpected Journey" in 2012 and recently vamped up in "The Desolation of Smaug" in 2013. This final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy sees the end of the journey that was begun two films ago by the adventurous Bilbo Baggins.
Set immediately after "The Desolation of Smaug" this film surrounds the titular burning of Laketown by the dragon Smaug and the subsequent hoarding of the Dwarvish treasure by Thorin Oakenshield. This causes strive between the men of Laketown and the elves of Mirkwood culminating with the timely arrival of the evil orc army which strikes the beginning of the Battle of the Five Armies.
Thorin, driven by greed over his treasure, stands to challenge any whom would dare to take his home and his gold, even against his own friends.
While the first film was a rough start for this franchise, it has gotten to be far more intriguing and enjoyable after the events of the second outing (which didn't feel like a silly children's movie). "Desolation" ended with one of the most abrupt (and aggravating) cliffhangers of the decade, and the release of this new trailer makes me even more excited than I was before.
It combines the new and fairly emotional-looking footage with the nostalgic presence of "Lord of the Rings" through the overlapping song "Edge of Night" (which was performed in "Return of the King").
It will certainly be sad to see the franchise set within Middle Earth to come to a close, but it has been an enjoyable ride for the last decade.
This tale certainly will not fade.
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" opens in cinemas on December 17 and stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lily, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
By: Matthew Romeo
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