The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Trailer Analysis
The trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is finally here. Legolas is back, and Smaug appears to be as well-realized, intimidating, and incredibly awesome as one could hope for.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey probably wasn’t on the same level of awesomeness as Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I must admit that I still enjoyed it very much. That’s why I am still excited to see the rest of his three-part vision of The Hobbit, the precursor to The Lord of the Rings.
Now that the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has arrived – part two of the eventual trilogy – I am even more excited. First of all, Legolas is back! I have honestly not seen Orlando Bloom in anything since Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, but even then this is a great film to make a comeback with since his role as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings is what essentially pushed him to stardom.
Also, the action looks great from what I could tell, and hopefully the visuals will look a little bit more believable than what we saw in the first film as we draw closer to the actual release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Speaking of which, with the snippet we get of Smaug in the final shot of the trailer, I was very pleased. I personally would have rather waited to see what he looks like when the film actually comes out, but even so, this version of Smaug appears to be as well-realized, intimidating, and incredibly awesome as one could hope for.
That being said, one of my main worries with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is that it will fall prey to one of the main issues with its predecessor. An Unexpected Journey suffered from its pacing issues, in which there was material in the story that should have been saved for the extended cut. From what I could see in this trailer are events that seemed to be added simply to fill in time, so I hope they serve to add some depth or be immensely entertaining. If not, then The Desolation of Smaug will suffer from the same pacing issues as An Unexpected Journey.
Even so, I am excited to once again return to Middle-Earth. After all, this will likely be the last film I see before I serve a mission for the LDS Church, so I sure hope this ends up being the Hobbit film I have been waiting for.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D and IMAX on December 13, 2013. It will also be available in the traditional 24 fps format, while also being distributed in 48 fps like its predecessor.