In this excellent new clip released by Warner Bros in anticipation of the upcoming finale to the ‘Hobbit’ films, we see Martin Freeman really come into his own as the renown hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
The scene opens with Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and a company of elves, led by Thranduil (Lee Pace) recovering after what appears to have been a very destructive and bloody battle. Gandalf attempts to convince Thranduil to lead his men to warn the dwarves of an oncoming army, but Thranduil refuses, saying his people have spent enough of their blood on this dwarf conflict.
Bilbo (Martin Freeman), standing nearby, offers to go himself, but Gandalf doesn’t like the idea, saying that Bilbo will be spotted and killed immediately. As the music subtly plays a piece of the ‘one ring’ motif, Bilbo assures Gandalf that he will not be seen, and rightly so, as he has the ring and he knows he can invisibly slip past any enemy camps without problem. Gandalf tries to forbid Bilbo to go, but Bilbo grimly explains that he’s not asking for permission, and leaves.
It’s a great scene as we can really see the arc of the Bilbo character, as there’s no way the timid hobbit from ‘An Unexpected Journey’ would have been so quick to put himself in danger, but this Bilbo is a lot more experienced, and the lives of his dwarven friends, who he has spent over a year on the road with, are at stake, so he knows he must go.
Look for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” to hit theaters in a few weeks on December 17, and join me in hoping that this scene is a sign that the final installment of the this trilogy will be the best of the three, and live up to the epic franchise it belongs to.
Source: Coming Soon