L.A.-based editor Joel Walden wanted to know what a trailer for The Hobbit might have looked like, had Peter Jackson's trilogy been released as a single film. The result, which Walden calls "The Hobbit: The Complete Journey," is pretty excellent.
"With Peter Jackson's final chapter in the 'Middle Earth Saga', 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' hitting theatres worldwide next week," writes Walden, "I thought it would be fun to create a trailer that promotes his cinematic retelling of 'The Hobbit' as a single epic piece."
Plenty of people think The Hobbit should have been released as a single film. (A common argument: The Hobbit is shorter than any one of the books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, yet all three of the latter were adapted into individual movies). Others think it should have been released in two installments, as was originally planned (the films were expanded into a trilogy to achieve the narrative pacing Jackson wanted).
Regardless of your stance, we're pretty into the version Walden's trailer is selling. Hats off.