If you have The Hobbit: There and Back Again on your list of movies to watch this year, then it's time to rework that list. Not because it's not worth watching, but because New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. recently made the decision to change the movie's title to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Picking up where The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug left off, The Battle of the Five Armies is the last leg of Bilbo Baggins' adventure through Middle-earth and will follow the hobbit and his dwarf companions as they hurdle headlong into more trouble than they might be able to manage. Smaug is on the loose and extremely angry, and his mountain full of gold and treasure is drawing a lot of unwanted attention.
Now that the new title has been made official, the official Twitter feed for The Hobbit has unveiled the new logo for Battle of the Five Armies, as seen above. It's essentially the same logo as the two previous films - except for the subtitle tucked snugly between the tails of the "H" and the "T"; however, with another eight months to go before the film is released, and no sign of a trailer so far, we'll take what we can get. It's a nice enough logo, and makes efficient use of space. Kind of like a chest of drawers from Ikea.
In other Hobbit related news, Luke Evans, who plays sombre Lake-town archer Bard the Bowman, has commented on the title change in an interview with Digital Spy, explaining why he thinks he makes much more sense than the previous one.
"I actually think it's absolutely right because when it was two films There and Back Again would've been the second film's title. Now it's three films it's become redundant... We have the Battle of the Five Armies which we focus on, it's a very important part of the story. I think it's right, I think it's appropriate that it's changed and I think Peter would've thought about it with a lot of care.
"I think the decision's right - when you see the film you'll understand exactly why."
At this point it's probably not a spoiler to say that the third act of Tolkien's novel contains a battle - one between five armies, no less. In the book, Bilbo is knocked unconscious early on and misses most of it, but since the two movies in Jackson's trilogy so far - The Desolation of Smaug in particular - have had Bilbo offscreen for a significant amount of the running time, it can be safely assumed that audiences will actually get to see the whole battle.
Bilbo being shuffled off to the side of the action is perhaps an inevitable side effect of adapting such a short book into a massive film trilogy. Rather than simply being an adventure told from the perspective of single hobbit who isn't at all used to adventure, the Hobbit movies have been expanded to include content from the appendices to "The Lord of the Rings," which also build the saga up much more as a prequel to Jackson's last trilogy, rather than a self-contained story.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how large a role Bilbo will end up playing in this final chapter of The Hobbit. More importantly, will Tauriel end up with the tall, handsome, but emotionally distant Legolas, or risk becoming an outcast among her people by dating the sexy, scruffy dwarf with the heart of gold?
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be released in U.S. theaters on December 17th, 2014.
Source: Digital Spy