After months of waiting to catch a glimpse of the next film in “The Hobbit” trilogy, it has finally arrived. Returning to Middle Earth is always a good thing, and with these new films we’re going to get plenty of Middle Earth. Many of my concerns have been washed away with this newest trailer to “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
(Note: I will be talking spoilers for the first “Hobbit” film and the original novel. He’d be warned.)
As a huge fan of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, I was understandably excited when they finally announced the return to Middle Earth back in 2008 and it would be split into two films. Normally I would say it’s a way to extend the franchise and acquire more money for the studio, before the series ends by splitting the last film. If you’re going to split a film into two parts then it should be because you want to tell the source material’s story properly. There was no reason, “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” need two films in order to tell the story properly. Even with the recent news that “Mockingjay” (the third book in the Hunger Games series) would be made into two films; I shake my head in shame. Unlike Twilight I enjoy the Hunger Games, but that novel doesn’t need two films to tell the story. Harry Potter’s last book was the only book, up to this point, that justified having two films. Clocking in at 759 pages, and with most of the book’s story important, it would not be proper to try to adapt that book into one film. We did not need a two hour film to see a wedding and honeymoon in, “Breaking Dawn Part I.”
Now for those of you that don’t know (and how few of you there must be) what “The Hobbit” series is based on, you guessed it, “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. If you’ve read one of his books you will know his books are rich with detail and story. Even yet at only 320 pages, there is plenty for two films. Then, Peter Jackson stepped back into the director’s chair after Guillermo del Toro dropped out. Not long after releasing the first trailer it was announced that the book would be split into three films. This worried many of us fans, because we didn’t know if there was enough material to make it into a trilogy. Well the initial thoughts were laid to rest when the first film in the trilogy was released, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012). While the film had a few flaws and was not quite as good as any of the “Lord of the Rings” films, it was still an excellent well made adventure and was actually one of the best of 2012. Still I had a few concerns about the rest of the series most of them were laid to rest in this newest trailer for the 2nd part of the trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (2013).
Part II Concerns put to Rest
One of the things that had me concerned about the 2nd part of the series is that all it would be is an action sequence; getting to the dragon’s lair, and then they finally kill the dragon and they head home. However, after the newest trailer those thoughts are gone from my head.
Much of the dialogue in the trailer has shown me that there is a lot that’s going to happen in the film than previously thought. Although the trailer is mostly an exciting fast pace action sequence, much of dialogue reveals more about the film. One of the things I noticed is that there will be more about the mysterious character, The Necromancer. He was mentioned in the first film with Radagast the Brown and was curiously not seen since, which left much of us wondering how the rest of that storyline would play out throughout the series. In the trailer we see Radagast and Gandalf investigating into, what we think, is the Necromancer. It seems it’ll have a much expanded role in this film.
Obviously, though it shows more of the main quest of the trilogy, they are going to kill the dragon. The 13 dwarves and Bilbo Baggins are off to the lonely mountain to take back the dwarves homeland. Their journey seems to continue with plenty of more adventures along the way and the dwarves were such fun characters in the first film, I can’t wait to go back on the quest with them. They finally reveal the dragon at the end of the trailer in a very exciting, geek inducing moment. There is actually a lot of stuff dealing with the elves, and what their extended role is in the film is still yet to be fully seen, but it’s clear there will be plenty and who doesn’t mind more elves?
That’s right, Orlando Bloom is back in the role of Legolas Greenleaf! If you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings how can you not get excited for that? I don’t care if he’s not in the original novel, I couldn’t be more excited to see him. However, the trailer shows that his role is a lot bigger than previously thought. It’ll be interesting to see how they weave him into the story.
The Bottom Line
The first trailer for the newest Hobbit film is fast paced and exciting. It also give us more insight into what the storylines are that the newest “hobbit” will be tackling and seems to hold enough new interesting material in the film to justify another film in the series. How this film connects even further with the Lord of the Rings is yet to be seen, and what Part III of the series will have in store for us will be more clear after the film’s release. Most of my concerns have been laid to rest. This new trailer also keeps justifying a film trilogy. But what do you think of the trailer? What are your thoughts? Comment below and let your voice be heard.