Trailer Review: “The Hobbit”

Posted: June 11, 2013 in Movie News

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Peter Jackson and his crew are keeping busy editing and putting the final touches on the next Hobbit  installment, and just to remind us of their hard efforts over in New Zealand the first official trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has hit the web. As an avid fan of the book and the film, I will say buckle up, ’cause the Hobbit Express is back in business.

The trailer starts out with some breathtaking shots of Thorin & Company traversing towards and up the Lonely Mountain, while a voice-over of Thranduil, king of the Wood Elves, ominously asks, “Where does your journey end? You seek that which would bestow upon you the right to rule: The quest to reclaim a homeland. . . and slay a dragon.”

The trailer most definitely focuses on those new characters and locations we can expect to see, such as Bard the bowman; both Thranduil and his son Legolas; a new female elf invented for the film; Beorn (in the shape of a bear); spiders; a brief glimpse of the Necromancer; and a certain someone who we’ve been waiting to see ever since his slithery eye showed itself under a pile of gold.

Hobbit  purists will be displeased to see that a brand new character has been introduced to the Tolkien lore—-a female elf called Tauriel. But before you second-guess Peter Jackson (again) for this addition, bear in mind that in a story containing absolutely zero  female characters it is often necessary to instill some sort of femininity, no matter how drear or masculine the story may be. Is Jackson trying to attract the female fans to the theaters? Absolutely. And that’s not a bad thing. Think of how vital the two female characters in The Lord of the Rings were.

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You certainly get the hint from the trailer that this next chapter is going to be a much darker, moodier film than the last. But think of how much moodier The Two Towers  is compared to The Fellowship of the Ring. Better yet, think of how much heavier in tone the second half of “The Hobbit” is compared to the first half.

What an exciting, intense-yet-exhilarating first look this is! It takes me back to a year ago when we fans were slobbering on the computer keyboard after seeing the first trailer for An Unexpected Journey. As genial as chapter 1 felt, I have a feeling that chapter 2 is going to kick it up a notch. Was that an earthquake? Oh, no. “That, my lad. . . was a dragon.”

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