Entertainment Weekly picks The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies as one of hot movies to get the low-down on at San Diego Comic-Con this year.
Ending a three-film, eight-hour-plus saga isn’t easy. The makers of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final entry in director Peter Jackson’s second Middle-earth trilogy, understand that. After all, the capper to their last trilogy, the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was notorious for its multiple fake-out finales. There won’t be any of that this time.
The Hobbit team wants to ensure audiences don’t accidentally start gathering their belongings with an hour left to go. ”A lot of people forget what happens in the book,” says Philippa Boyens, co-writer of all of Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations. ”People think, ‘Oh, yeah, the dragon dies and they get the mountain, right?’ But it’s not the end, not by a long shot. So the hardest thing is making sure it doesn’t feel like you’re restarting the story.”