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A Geek's Reaction to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Trailer

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

I’m a fan of the Lord of the Rings saga both in film and book form. I’ve read both it and The Hobbitand even some of the extra books such as the Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. Of them, The Hobbit is by far my favorite book.

It’s a short, fast paced episodic book that is the written equivalent of suffering whiplash. You can easily read it in a day and be satisfied by it. The movies, however, have taken three years to wrap up the story. Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth one last time this December with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and you can check out the trailer below.


As I said, I’m a fan of JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories, but my first reaction to this trailer is “meh.” It doesn’t look bad, and I may be suffering from Lord of the Rings fatigue, but I’m just no where near as excited as I was watching any of the Rings trailers, or evenThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey first trailer.


The films remind me of another prequel trilogy that I was originally looking forward to, that ultimately disappointed me more than I could have possibly guessed, and that was the Star Wars prequel trilogy. By the time Revenge of the Sith came out I was exhausted with Star Wars movies having been let down twice and my reaction to the final trailer was “meh, I know I’m going to watch it when it comes out so let’s get this done with.”

That’s exactly how I feel right now — The Hobbit is Jackson’s Star Wars prequel films, including far too much reliance on CGI.

The difference this time is that at least the resolution will be more satisfying than Revenge of the Sith, of that I have no doubt. The first Hobbit film went far too childish for my taste, and while that is more in-line with the book, Jackson should have been aware that the tone he set in the Lord of the Rings films was the perfect blend of fantasy and reality.

The second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug, had no beginning and no end. It just started and then stopped and nothing was resolved. It felt like it ended before the climax of the film which we’ll get in the opening moments of The Battle of the Five Armies.

Ultimately, I’m looking forward to this film, so that this chapter of my movie watch life is over. Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit is almost done with for the time being, and the excitement for them has long dissipated, and replaced with Game of Thrones. I’m going to go Five Armies it when it comes out, but I’m not expecting to be riveted by it. However, I will leave a little room to be surprised, just in case.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies premieres December 17, 2014.

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