THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Trailer and Poster: Peter Jackson’s Trilogy Concludes in Epic Fashion

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy.  This is the trailer they showed us at Comic-Con on Saturday, and it’s interesting to see how the prequel trilogy is trying to pull into The Lord of the Rings by using “The Steward of Gondor”, which was sung by Pippin (Billy Boyd) in The Return of the King.  The song still works here because it’s sad and somber, but the line that sticks with me from this trailer is when Thorin asks his company, “Will you follow me one last time?”  It’s a line that’s really directed towards the audience, but there’s a weariness to it that’s surprising.  It’s almost like saying, “Well, we’ve already come this far.  May as well finish it out.”

Check out the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer and new poster after the jump, and click here to read our full Comic-Con panel recap.  The film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando BloomThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Via Warner Bros.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

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  • Steven

    Fucking awesome.

    Will no doubt be the best of the 3.

    • SJ

      Which isn’t saying much

    • SJ

      Which isn’t saying much

    • AsgardianButtress

      No doubt has little to live up to in that regard.

    • AsgardianButtress

      No doubt has little to live up to in that regard.

    • Agent777

      Indeed. The Unexpected Journey was excellent though. I’d rank at above ROTK and probably Two Towers as well (Helm’s Deep holds me back though).

      • Conor

  • Steven

    Fucking awesome.

    Will no doubt be the best of the 3.

  • YodaRocks

    This looks Epic.
    Very Epic.
    So…Epic.
    Did I say Epic? Oh yeah, I meant Epic.

    • Mr Smith

      Epically dull

    • MITIOR

      epically computarized. I’ll still enjoy it thou

  • GrimReaper07

    I really hate the way they place and move the camera in this trilogy.

    • Nancy

      Thank you! Couldn’t agree more.

    • Nancy

      Thank you! Couldn’t agree more.

    • Neven

      I think it’s not really about moving camera as much as it looking VERY CGI-ish and cartoon-ish or like something you’d see in a video game. Which diminishes the point of the whole thing, really. CGI exists to bring to life amazing worlds without making you notice it’s fake. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about huge action spectacles that are almost 100% CGI like Gravity or movies that you’d never guess have CGI in them, but it’s actually far from the truth (David Fincher is known for doing this), the beauty of it is that you never notice. I don’t know why, but Peter Jackson disregarded that completely with The Hobbit and it’s gotten progressively worse with each entry in the franchise.

      • BigJimSlade

        What Neven said.
        The sweeping movements look even stranger in 48 FPS, I must say.

        Oh well… Regardless, I’ll have to check this out, and I’m sure when all is said and done I’ll sit down and watch the director’s cut of all three at home. The second one isn’t as bad as the first – maybe this one will be even better.

      • Agent777

        Having read the books I truly love the first. But if you arn’t expecting a lengthy scene involving trolls eating mutton and singing goblin I defiantly get why a lot of people got turned off.

      • Agent777

        These arguments fall apart when you realize most of these people employ WETA to do there FX. The Hobbit is vastly more complex than a planet of the apes films, they require alot of work, not just a few chimps here and there but serval races and fantastic location.

    • Neven

      I think it’s not really about moving camera as much as it looking VERY CGI-ish and cartoon-ish or like something you’d see in a video game. Which diminishes the point of the whole thing, really. CGI exists to bring to life amazing worlds without making you notice it’s fake. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about huge action spectacles that are almost 100% CGI like Gravity or movies that you’d never guess have CGI in them, but it’s actually far from the truth (David Fincher is known for doing this), the beauty of it is that you never notice. I don’t know why, but Peter Jackson disregarded that completely with The Hobbit and it’s gotten progressively worse with each entry in the franchise.

    • Bona

      I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE FILM YOU HAVE MADE…

      • GrimReaper07

        Give me a million dollars and I will.

      • Agent777

        and you will make Birdemic.

      • GrimReaper07

        Only one way to find out

      • Ben

        with just a million dollars?! wow. you’re a magician.

      • GrimReaper07

        Do you know how many amazing movies are done with just a million dollars? In my country (Uruguay) the budget for a movie doesn’t usually exceed that. Granted, they’re mostly terrible but…

      • Neven

        That is literally the oldest and cheapest “arguement” against opposite opinion in the book.

      • Austin Kemprowski

        I’ve never understood this argument. Of course, Peter Jackson and everyone involved with this film had a tremendously tougher job than anyone simply critiquing it. But if you can only have an opinion on something if you created something similar, then none of us would have an opinion on much. Have you made an album? Then you can’t have an opinion on music. Have you made a novel? Then no talking about classic literature. That kind of logic makes no sense

  • Strider

    Is that Billy Boyd singing The Edge of Night? It’s still as beautiful and haunting as it was in The Return of the King.

  • Jackson

    Looks like another sub-par LOTR film… So it’s a quintessential Hobbit film really.

    Balls.

    • Steven

      You’re talking through your hairy dwarf arse.

      • My Hairy Dwarf Arse

        Yeah, “The Hobbit trilogy will go down as being BETTER than Lord of the Rings” said no-one-with-half-an-ounce-of-intelligence ever.

        You have to be either retarded, or a fanboy with glazed-over eyeballs to believe these films are anything more than a retread for a close-to-bankrupted studio to rake in millions of dollars off of close-minded fools, and a last ditch attempt to relive the glory days for a director whose record post-LOTR has also been much of a letdown.

        King Kong, anyone? No takers? No one at all wanna come watch three hours of bloated and overblown “homage”? No? Good.

      • BrianS

        You, Sir, deserve a round of applause!

      • MIXTER

        “clap”

      • BrianS

        You, Sir, deserve a round of applause!

      • Person

        I actually didn’t mind King Kong, aside from the long-windedness. As far as action/adventure flicks over the last decade go, it’s one of the better ones.

      • Agent777

        King Kong was a great film… if you like King Kong. If your a ignorant little tosser who hasn’t seen anything pre-1980 I can see why you wouldn’t like it. For you there is Transformers and Avatar… booger picking too.

      • My Hairy Dwarf Arse

        I prefer watching the original, rather than a bastardised and trashy remake that overstays its welcome, has a hugely bloated opening act that fails to introduce characters well, fails to live up to the standards of the special effects of the original, and tells a well-worn and simple story with the dullness of a rusty spoon bent into an unnecessarily elongated form for the benefit of toddlers.

        And as for you stupid statement insulting my taste in film – go fuck yourself. At least I understand the impact cinema and film can have and how that legacy doesn’t need to be dug up, reanimated and computerised for a modern audience who lack the attention spans and intelligence necessary to watch something made before they were born and without the aid of CGI and mass-marketing hype. But please, carry on as if you know me – though who has decreed the newest King Kong remake a “great film.”

        Ever seen any Herzog? Kurosawa? Leone? Von Trier? Besson? Jee-woon? Or Kieślowski? … Thought not.

      • Grayden

        That’s actually a pretty wide range of directors there as far as style and quality go. I mean, asking someone if they’ve watched something by the director of, ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly’, then the director of ‘Anti-Christ’, then the director of ‘The Fifth Element’, and the director of ‘Seven Samurai’ is a bit loaded.

        All made good movies and bad movies, comparatively speaking. So has Jackson. So have most directors. Throwing out names of random directors, and, assuming another hasn’t seen their work doesn’t make your point any more valid. Overtly criticizing a film, or series of films, also isn’t going to make them go away or make those who enjoyed them, enjoy them less. It just makes you come off like a loud mouth prick in front of a computer screen. Likewise, screaming louder doesn’t mean more people are going to listen to you, it just makes you more annoying.

      • Agent777

        Funny thing is Kurosawa is one of my favorite directors ever, since I bought a VHS copy of Seven Samurai in 7th grade.

        I mean I can list names too, you don’t get to have al the fun; Lang, Browning, Murnau, Ulmer, Ford, Hitchcok, Welles, Honda, Inagaki, Mitazaki, Lynch, Fellini, Allen… I’d go on, but I want to leave you with some dignity.

        Also remeber, you posted under “My Hairy Dwarf Ass”, that’s a name you made up to call somebody else out. “People in glass houses…”

      • BrettN

        Such a pathetic argument. Simply because someone doesn’t like King Kong, or The Hobbit trilogy, then they automatically enjoy Transformers? How does that make sense? I happen to love movies pre-1980, I just despise a self-indulgent cash-in trying to disguise itself as “art”

      • Agent777

        I think calling people retarded is much, much, much, much, much, much more pathetic argument.

      • BN.filmz

        You do your best to manipulate other people. If someone loves the Hobbit movies, he or she has got to be either “retarded”, “a fanboy with glazed-over eyeballs” or someone “with-half-an-ounce-of-intelligence”. … So much for arguments.

        Making the Hobbit trilogy was NOT just a matter of making money. Peter Jackson has stated: “This was the most fun I ever had making a film. … I damn sure wasn’t going to spend five years of my life miserable, wishing somebody else had directed it. I was going to have fun and make some great movies. I had more confidence than the first time around. We shot these three more or less in sequence. I really like the third movie, I feel like we’ve gotten up a full head of steam up. I don’t want to regret anything in life, and I don’t. We made a lot of new friends. The Lord Of The Rings was this legendary experience where we bonded with so many people. I was interested to see if that could happen again, and it has.”

        Source: http://deadline.com/2014/07/peter-jackson-the-hobbit-stanley-kubrick-the-beatles-810912/

        Besides that: The 1933-version of King Kong really stinks. That doll is not frightening or convincing. I love Peter Jackson’s remake, which is much better. And even though I don’t like ‘The Lonely Bones’ or ‘Tintin’, I still think, that Peter Jackson is a great director, who will continue making good movies in the future.

      • BN.filmz

        You do your best to manipulate other people. If someone loves the Hobbit movies, he or she has got to be either “retarded”, “a fanboy with glazed-over eyeballs” or someone “with-half-an-ounce-of-intelligence”. … So much for arguments.

        Making the Hobbit trilogy was NOT just a matter of making money. Peter Jackson has stated: “This was the most fun I ever had making a film. … I damn sure wasn’t going to spend five years of my life miserable, wishing somebody else had directed it. I was going to have fun and make some great movies. I had more confidence than the first time around. We shot these three more or less in sequence. I really like the third movie, I feel like we’ve gotten up a full head of steam up. I don’t want to regret anything in life, and I don’t. We made a lot of new friends. The Lord Of The Rings was this legendary experience where we bonded with so many people. I was interested to see if that could happen again, and it has.”

        Source: http://deadline.com/2014/07/peter-jackson-the-hobbit-stanley-kubrick-the-beatles-810912/

        Besides that: The 1933-version of King Kong really stinks. That doll is not frightening or convincing. I love Peter Jackson’s remake, which is much better. And even though I don’t like ‘The Lonely Bones’ or ‘Tintin’, I still think, that Peter Jackson is a great director, who will continue making good movies in the future.

    • Steven

      You’re talking through your hairy dwarf arse.

    • The Elve is hot

      I hate the break it to you, as much as I love the LOTR trilogy, they weren’t all that! The sound track on Two Towers was annoying and quality of the second and third LOTR films weren’t as good as Fellowship.

      But, you do have some point since the dramatic quailty of the prev trilogy is far deeper on the original movies. Jackson had something to prove back then. Let’s hope he has something to prove on the third movie and brings us that Oscar quality dramatic depth that has been missing from the Hobbit movies.

      • Agent777

        I still feel ROTK is the weakest of all of these films. It makes sense that BOFA will be one of the strongest.

      • MJ

        I hate to break it to you, but they were all that. Go away, moron.

      • Agent777

        I think he is saying “Keep some perspective” most people who hate the Hobbit films simply havn’t read the books (some have in fairness).

        I’m not being snobbish, I say that because it means they came to LOTR to the films, with the films being new experiences. With no sense of where the story had been, or where it was going. The Hobbit films are almost exactly how I imagined they would be based off of the LOTR Trilogy. It was a forgone conlusion they add in Legolas and flesh out the story with side characters. Radagast was cut out of LOTR (he easily could have been a character) so most fan were already hoping they FINALLY get to see him.

        There are two worlds of LOTR fandom, and I respect the fans who havn’t read the books… but sometimes they just need to zip it, and maybe wait until the full trilogy is out before crying.

        To me those people arn’t really true LOTR fans.

      • guest

        Cast him into the fire!!!

      • BN.filmz

        “I hate the break it to you, as much as I love the LOTR trilogy, they weren’t all that! The sound track on Two Towers was annoying and quality of the second and third LOTR films weren’t as good as Fellowship.”

        That’s just YOUR opinion, and nothing else. It’s not a fact. To millions of people the LOTR actually WERE all that.

      • BN.filmz

        “I hate the break it to you, as much as I love the LOTR trilogy, they weren’t all that! The sound track on Two Towers was annoying and quality of the second and third LOTR films weren’t as good as Fellowship.”

        That’s just YOUR opinion, and nothing else. It’s not a fact. To millions of people the LOTR actually WERE all that.

  • Jackson

    Looks like another sub-par LOTR film… So it’s a quintessential Hobbit film really.

    Balls.

  • The Dude Abides

    MEH

  • JCubs79

    Won’t ever be as good as the original trilogy but none the less I am looking forward to it. I love LOTR.

    • Agent777

      You might be suprised. Having read the books, it should be very impressive. The battle in question is one of the best in any of Tolkein’s work.

  • milo

    Great trailer, hopefully the film will live up to it.

  • milo

    Great trailer, hopefully the film will live up to it.

  • Bugsy

    My god, why does everything look so fake? Sure the CGI is decent enough, but why does everyone look like a waxwork figure? Looks like an underwhelming end to a pretty forgettable trilogy. Yawn.

    • Agent777

      I always get a laugh when I see the special features and, surprise, scenes people claimed were CGI weren’t at all.

      WETA works until the last minute on the effects, so they should look stunning in the final product.

      • Person

        They’re working until the last minute on these Hobbit films because of the HFR/48fps, which means they have to render twice the amount of VFX frames in the same amount of time as a normal movie. On top of that, they have to finish up VFX for the extended releases. No wonder the CGI in these movies is shoddy.

  • Bugsy

    My god, why does everything look so fake? Sure the CGI is decent enough, but why does everyone look like a waxwork figure? Looks like an underwhelming end to a pretty forgettable trilogy. Yawn.

  • Person

    This looks good, but half of it looks like a videogame.

  • Steven

    So many trolls. Which I guess is fitting considering the movie in question.

    • Agent777

      The shadow grows again.

    • Gadarasta The Green

      Like I said before, better to be a troll than a sheep.

      • Daz

        I’m thinking that human is a better thing to be.

      • Bernard

        There are no human beings on the internet. Only people made out of shit and bile casting stones at each other.

        What a horrible place.

      • Bernard

        There are no human beings on the internet. Only people made out of shit and bile casting stones at each other.

        What a horrible place.

    • YodaRocks

      Seems like all the teenagers who go hee-haw over Twilight and Hunger Games are have decided to troll for some reason.

  • Steven

    So many trolls. Which I guess is fitting considering the movie in question.

  • THATguy

    Again with the hate for these films. Are they anywhere near as good as the LOTR trilogy? Of course not.

    Are they fun entertainment from an immensely talented director? Absolutely.

    I will agree with complaints about the over abundance of CGI, lack of forced perspective shooting, and practical effects. It’s disappointing Jackson and co. went in that direction.

    • MJ

      Yea, two things responsible for the dislike:

      1. The Hobbit is source material is simply nowhere as good as LOTR — there is just no getting around that. No one’s fault – it is what it is.

      2. PJ has greatly “padded” the story, and in many cases, it’s with video-game like over-extended orc chases — Christ, I am so sick of that dumbass bad-guy Orc and his party by now, who have a minimal role in the novel. This is PJ’s fault. This should have been two movies at most.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        agreed. If only this Azog looked realistic. In the Hobbit novel, he was mentioned briefly just once by Gandalf toThorin. And Peter made of him the main villain…

      • Conor

        He died at the gates of Moria before Dain Ironfoot arrived. I honestly believe that that one creative divergence ruined this entire trilogy. The CGI aspect just compounds that terrible decision.

        This would be been an incredible two-part series, but Warner Brothers is pathetic. Instead of ruining this story, they should have fought for the rights to The Silmarillion.

      • Conor

        *would have been

      • Stefan Bonomo

        I’m someone who loves these Hobbit films, and even I can agree the whole Azog plot and the Orcs in general I just never cared for. From the look of how The Battle Of The Five Armies is turning out, it looks like they are taking the place of the Goblins from the novel. Hopefully that can redeem what they did in the past parts.

  • THATguy

    Again with the hate for these films. Are they anywhere near as good as the LOTR trilogy? Of course not.

    Are they fun entertainment from an immensely talented director? Absolutely.

    I will agree with complaints about the over abundance of CGI, lack of forced perspective shooting, and practical effects. It’s disappointing Jackson and co. went in that direction.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    No Rhosgobel Rabbits ?
    No Radagast clowning ?
    No cartoonish barrel scenes ?

    It will be a terrific finale then.

    first in the line.

    • Person

      Did you not see that Santa Claus cart careening down the iced-over river?

      • Strider

        Yeah, I don’t understand that part out of context. I feel like that’s one of the scenes that Jackson should of left on the editing floor.

      • Strider

        Yeah, I don’t understand that part out of context. I feel like that’s one of the scenes that Jackson should of left on the editing floor.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Nope. Missed this part. Can you point it out with a link ?

      • Person

        at the 1:03 mark in the trailer above. My memory of the book is vague, so maybe it’s in there, but it looks like a retread of the rabbit sled from the first movie.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        got it.
        looks like Balin wearing a santa claus red coat. Yet another slapstick joke ?

    • Person

      Did you not see that Santa Claus cart careening down the iced-over river?

  • Drake

    They’re trying so hard…

  • Wilsonvolleyball

    Yeah, and what’s up with this Jar Jar fellow?

  • Wilsonvolleyball

    Yeah, and what’s up with this Jar Jar fellow?

  • Bob

    I love the 3 Lord of the Rings films…but I feel like The Hobbit films are so much worse in comparison it actually hurts the original trilogies legacy when they use taglines like that in the trailer, “From the Director of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy”.

    Cause I can easily say that with out a doubt the LOTR trilogy is arguably the best trilogy of all time. Only maybe three other trilogy’s come close. They are the Toy Story Trilogy, The Star Wars Trilogy, and The Dollars Trilogy.. Maybe The Dark Knight Trilogy and Mad Max Trilogy? Those last two are def some of the best, but not the best. Then there’s trilogy’s ruined by there 3rd film. Like The Godfather, Alien, Terminator, X-Men etc.

    • Aquartertoseven

      Bourne.

      And Mad Max? Only the 2nd one is particularly good (and it’s still not ‘great’, really good though), 1 and 3 are outright shit films.

    • Sten

      I think although there is too much CGI and they are overlong, the Hobbit films are still better than most of the other fantasy movies like Golden Compass, Eragon, Narnia etc.

      But you’re spot on with your trilogy recount. Especially the Dollar trilogy. I wouldn’t compare Western, Fantasy and Gangsterfilms though. All you named are the best of their genre, but not really comparable.
      And I might add a few: the Bourne trilogy, Evil Dead, A Better Tomorrow and Indiana Jones.

  • MIXTER

    looks like a great ending! loved the Hobbit films. Could use less gags and cgi action though but i still like em. Book always seemed rushed and inconsistent to me. these films are mostly better than the book. mostly.

  • Agent777

    Mark the date, December 17th, the day that internet fan boys will suddenly start pretending they never talked shit about this trilogy. We call it the “Heath Ledger as Joker” effect.

  • Gaaaaannnnndaaalffff?

    Did everyone forget the tickle fight at the end of ROTK? It would take 30 Radagast to bring the Hobbit films down to that level of silly.

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      You are talking about Romance of the Three Kingdoms, right ?

    • MJ

      I will forget your dumb-ass post here much quicker than that.

  • IMPYEMU

    SO MUCH CGI

  • Marissa Evans

    See? Patience pays off.

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  • Strong Enough

    wow that cgi was terrible

  • bigfrog

    Fellowship of the Ring was such a good movie. Sigh. At least Pajamas can’t change the books.

  • DEADP00L

    Weak stuff right here.

  • 2 IT too

    YET AGAIN?

    • Person who Helps

      Yes, they announced a while ago that there would be a third movie that will conclude the trilogy. Please do some research before you post.

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  • Grendal Sven

    It’s funny, I have followed the production of the series since day one, and had many an argument with brain-dead fan-boys on the TORN site and FB page. I just got done reading this.

    http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-behind-the-scenes-features-that-show-why-movies-went-wrong/

    Cracked may be a comedy site, but sometimes, the writers there hit the nail on the head with there commentary.

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