Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Hobbit #3 Title Change: Battle Of the Five Armies

A scene from The Desolation Of Smaug. I am nearly done with my post on JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, the book; it's such a masterpiece, however, that I keep going and going and going, and I am sorry (I am also making numerous notes between the book and two released films, for differences and how things tie in, which adds its own burden). I could easily write a thousand pages on the book alone, so I do apologize that it is taking so long.
Last week, we received word that director Peter Jackson had changed the third installment of The Hobbit's title from There and Back Again, to Into the Fire. Today, on his Facebook page, he made an announcement that they have changed the name again: The Battle Of the Five Armies. According to Jackson, after watching the film, all involved felt The Battle Of the Five Armies was the most appropriate title for the last edition to the trilogy, so it is official; no, they are not quite done with cutting the film, not just yet. Jackson hinted that the subtitle There and Back Again will probably be used on the box set that will include all three films together.
If this were meant to just denote "blindness," we would probably see the eyes but something would be wrong with the pupils; this character, like so many of the scenes in the trailers for the series, is pretty extreme, which is why I am so intrigued by it: I have written many times that originality isn't always a good thing because when we see themes and the same ideas turning up in film after film, it demonstrates the "dialogue" taking place between these films and that they are aware of the other films being made and that those films are being used for agendas as well. With a character such as this, and the historical vehicle of SALEM being a subject still highly sensitive to most Americans, it's probable that the eyes with skin grown over them is an accusation, that because this character refused to see light (a metaphor for Truth) for so long, she has become willfully ignorant in refusing to ever see what is right in front of her (the facts) so now she can never see them. Another possibility is that this character is meant to invoke Dante's The Divine Comedy. In Purgatorio, on the second terrace, where the envious perform their penance, those who envied others during their lives must now have their eyes sewn shut so as to block out all others and they will see God and His Will alone; it's possible, given that we see the eyes of a lizard sewn shut in the trailer, that it might be a reference to this passage, we will have to wait and see.
Star Wars 7 news: they are close to finishing the casting, budget will be around $200 million and older films may be re-released on the big screen to promote. Pirates of the Caribbean 5: nothing is happening. They are still working on the script, and hope to start production this year, but that's all at this time. Meanwhile, here is a trailer for the second episode of SALEM, The Stone Child (the first episode, The Vow, can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store) and does it look wicked! As soon as I can get The Hobbit done, we will do SALEM:
It's possible that there are as many as 9 episodes for this (each one being about 52 minutes), which I saw on their Twitter account but things happen and it's possible it gets pulled; regardless, I think this is terribly daring and pointing directly at our current political situation in America today. Back to The Hobbit, I am working as fast as I can!
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