The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Official Teaser Trailer

Here is the first look at the next film in The Hobbit trilogy, featuring feisty elves, a barrel load of action and a sneaky peek at a terrifying creature:

This trailer seems to focus more on other characters of the book rather than the ones we saw in the first film. So this time instead of getting to see the dwarves in action, we get a first look at some other interesting characters, namely Thranduil played by Lee Pace. Although he was glimpsed in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (blink and you’ll miss him), this time we actually get to hear him speak. There are also some other new additions in this trailer – Bard the Bowman played by Luke Evans and the return of Orlando Bloom as Legolas which, depending on your opinion of him, will either be welcomed or not (I think Bloom was good as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings, so it’s a happy return for me). But also in this trailer we get to see an entirely new character who has been introduced to the story: Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), a female elf warrior. From the scenes in this trailer it seems like she has a few excellent action moments, but I am still undecided on her inclusion in the film. It smacks of movie executives not trusting that women will want to watch something with just male characters, as well as without a bit of romance in the story – a hideous idea which I am NOT looking forward to. Hopefully my assumption is wrong and writers Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson have managed to make her into an interesting character rather than a simple love interest and unnecessary story fodder. But at the moment it doesn’t look good…

However back to the positives of this trailer for now. We also get to see some of the amazing action set-pieces that will be on offer, in particular one of my favourite moments of the book and a part that I think will be one of the best in the whole film: the barrel scene. And from the trailer it looks like director Peter Jackson has managed to perfectly emulate the book by creating something thrilling yet funny for this classic scene. Finally we also get a thankfully brief glimpse of the titular dragon of the tale. I say thankfully because I am sure that the design for the creature will be mightily impressive, and I (as I’m sure many others will be) am trying to avoid seeing as much of it as possible until I see the final film. So while we get a small look here, the trailer doesn’t show too much. We also don’t get to hear how Smaug (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) will sound when he talks, another mystery that I hope remains until the film is released. I’m certain though that however Cumberbatch has performed as this serpentine character, and however Jackson has chosen to shoot it, will be amazing to watch.

Keeping up the mystery around this part of the story and all of the impressive set-pieces on display here means that I can’t wait to see this second film. As for the inclusion of certain dubious characters?…well I’ll have to see the final film before I fully decide. Put it this way – there’ll still be plenty of moments to enjoy in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug no matter what.

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~ by square-eyed-geek on June 13, 2013.

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