I was completely bowled over by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug teaser trailer that Sir Peter Jackson shared with his world of fans yesterday! So here are a few of my impressions before I share with you the HD caps I made from the trailer.
The barrage of movie clips in the trailer gave us a glimpse of a much darker movie than the first one–if that is possible. There are now more nemeses than just Orcs, goblins, spiders, obstructive Elves, and sleeping dragons. They are all there, but times ten:
1) Antagonists (bad guys)–Azog’s equally hideous looking son Bolg has joined the fray. I shudder to think how Orcs reproduce. So far, no female Orcs have been seen–at least I don’t think we have. Ha! Goblin reproduction also strains credulity. I am not asking for enlightenment–just something to get this image out of my mind. Ha! Maybe the dragon Smaug can help out with some fire breathing–kind of a “scorched Middle Earth” approach. I really wish the trailer had given us more of Smaug–breathing fire, flying around and terrifying people, etc. And his eye seemed a tad small in proportion to the rest of him. But then, maybe nearsightedness in dragons is hereditary–or it could be their diet, too small meals of dwarfs and hobbits. The dragons could supersize their meals and try some Elves–Thorin wouldn’t mind that, no love lost between him and the Elves. Speaking of Elves ….
2) Frenemies (friends who are also enemies)–The pompous Elven Lord Elrond (Hugo Weaving) gives way to the malicious Elven King Thranduil (portrayed by Lee Pace in full sneer). Thranduil is father to Legolas (Orlando Bloom)–though no Mommy is in sight. I just picture Thranduil insisting on wearing his spikey crown when he begat Legolas. And Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is back looking every bit as youthful as he was 12 years ago, must be the hair straightener the Elves use, it must smooth the wrinkles out of their skin, too. But then, the LOTR films were 60 years into the future. So, Legolas in DofS really has to look young. Maybe it is all the verbal and non-verbal sparring Legolas does with new Elven character Tauriel (Evangeline Lily) that helps rejuvenate him. Tauriel is supposedly “ruthless”, yet she is on the Dwarfs side. Hmmm. Then again. Maybe Tauriel is that “Elven Glamour Model” Thorin supposedly had a fling with as referred to in an early Empire article about the Dwarfs in 2011.
3) Protagonists (good guys)–I like to think that Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen), Bilbo (Martin Freeman), and Thorin (Richard Armitage) and the other Dwarfs are the good guys. But there will be much muddying of those good guy labels in film 2–as it no doubt sets up a series of dominoes of betrayals that will get knocked down one by one. And we gain a new hero in the making in the person of Bard the Bowman (portrayed by Luke Evans). No spoilers here. Ha! But I would imagine that acts of heroism are going to be serendipitous in film 2, as these characters become even more complex and shatter our notions of “loyalty, honor, a willing heart” that was so present in film 1.
4) Places in Middle Earth–Mirkwood has all of those nasty spiders spinning their webs and cocoons. It makes me wonder if there are any opportunities for getting a booming silk trade going? The Dwarfs could sacrifice a few goblins a week in exchange for distribution rights. Though gold is the Dwarfs métier, they could always reach a compromise and go for gold lame. Ha! And though Dol Guldur was quite sinister looking–nary a light but for Gandalf’s staff (no comment)–the Necromancer wasn’t alluded to in the trailer. Hmmm. And then there is Erebor–now home to the Dragon Smaug. As we can see in my caps below, Smaug takes a minimalist view to lair decoration. NOT! He/Smaug wallows in the Dwarfs wall to wall gold. But Smaug has been sleeping for about sixty years, so he can be excused for being so last century on style. And we have had a glimpse of Laketown–not Venice by any stretch. Ha!
Oops! I didn’t mean to take up so much space chattering away. You came for my hi-res Desolation of Smaug trailer caps. So here they are (in sequential order as they appeared in the trailer). Note that by clicking on any of the caps, it puts them into a slideshow with a larger view–then you may download them if you wish to your own computer to enjoy.:
P.S. No copyright infringement intended. I am just a humble fan promoting a movie I am looking forward to seeing come December 13, 2013–The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I don’t own these caps that I made, the images belong to Warner Brothers, etc. However, if you download and use my caps, it would be nice to have a mention of me and my blog. And don’t forget to credit Warner Brothers. Thanks & Cheers! Grati
P.S. Oh and, let’s see that Desolation of Smaug Trailer again:
P.S. So what did you like–or not like–about the Desolation of Smaug trailer?
Are the elves “townie bastards”? Do we “hate” them, really do? :D Lovely screen caps!
Thanks for your kind note about my caps. Giggles about the “townie bastards.” Love it!
Cheers! Grati ;->
And excellent summary and recap of your perceptions of the trailer. :)
Thanks. I can’t wait to see the movie ! :-)
I’m also “primed” even more to see the film. It will be a blast! Thanks for your nice note.
Cheers! Grati ;->
Let me give a shout out to Australia this morning! 146 views so far! Welcome!
June 12, 2013–Here are links to other bloggers with DofS trailer screen caps and/or impressions (in no particular order). I will add to this comment when I find more links.:
1) Heirs of Durin hi-res caps: http://thorinoakenshield.net/2013/06/11/new-high-res-images-from-the-hobbit-trailer/ and http://thorinoakenshield.net/2013/06/12/the-desolation-of-smaug-trailer-screencaps/
2) Me and Richard Armitage: http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/drowning-in-thorins-eyes/ and http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/better-caps/
3) Zrysiowana’s blog about RA: http://zrysiowana.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-hobbit-desolation-of-smaug-official.html
4) Do I have a blog: http://doihaveablog.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/beauty-and-the-beasts/
5) The One Ring Net: http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2013/06/11/73168-torn-staff-react-to-desolation-of-smaug-trailer/ and http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2013/06/11/73321-eight-new-high-resolution-stills-from-the-new-hobbit-trailer/
6) The Armitage Effect: http://thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/new-dos-trailer-first-impressions/
7) RACentral Caps: http://richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/main.php?g2_itemId=344743
8) RANet Caps: http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Hobbit/DoSTrailer1/album/index.html
9) Joanna Scarratt UAbrands blog (Richard Armitage’s Agent’s firm): http://joannascarrattuabrands.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/new-hobbit-trailer-3/
10) RA has Sexiest Voice FB page caps: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=639496696080540&l=e5c900ced2
11) Zan weighs in: http://zaniam.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/a-dwarf-an-elf-and-a-dragon-walk-into-a-mountain/
12) RAFrenzy: http://rafrenzy.com/2013/06/11/dear-sir-peter-again/
13) Marieastra: http://marieastra8.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/peter-jackson-video-thoughts-on-lee-pace/
P.S. Bloggers with DofS trailer posts, please share your links if you don’t see it above.
These are great, Gratiana! I especially like “Bilbo ready to fight a monster” and “Bilbo is Smaug’s snack.” This part of the story makes me think of my first trip (you remember) to Nicaragua. I really felt like Bilbo; going on an adventurous journey into the scary unknown. I appreciate all the time and tedious effort you have put into this. Rest your eyes now, Dearest.
Thanks for your nice note! Yes, Bilbo seems to be an eager beaver where fighting is concerned in film 2. Let’s hope that bravado doesn’t get him into trouble. Ha!
You did have a big adventure. Brava to you!
And I’m medicating my eyes, even as I type. But I somehow wrenched my back last night. So I’m at home on my massaging hotpad with muscle relaxants that make me sleepy. . Ha!
Cheers! Grati ;->
June 12, 2013–Charlotte Tweet asked me my specific impressions about Smaug. Here they are:
1) In general, Smaug needs to “look” more menacing–sharper teeth, and bigger eyes & defined scaley skin like in THAUJ. They gave us a long scene and look, but Smaug looked so dark in the lighting balance that you couldn’t make him out much–Smaug looked CGI when I tried to enhance him in Photoshop. But I’m sure the film’s artists will enhance his look before the final product.
2) And as a reminder in my post yesterday with an excerpt, Smaug killed and ate the villagers of Dale–and that should instill fear in us. So to add to Smaug’s infamy and fear factor, maybe we need to see the Dwarves come across some “artifact remnants” belonging to someone Smaug ate to remind us that he decimated Dale. Perhaps there could be some shredded blood stained clothing with a particular design on it that one of the Dwarves recognizes as belonging to a former family member who disappeared.
3) We haven’t heard the dragon Smaug hiss or talk yet–just rumble. I’m guessing they will have Smaug talk since they hired Benedict Cumberpatch to voice him. Kind of like Jeremy Irons voicing Scar in “Lion King”, the voice will make or break Smaug as a character.
That said. What do “I” know? Ha! I’m sure Sir Peter Jackson and his creative team will knock our socks off with the final iteration of Smaug for film 2.
June 12, 2013–JoyM tweeted the link for the video by Sir Peter Jackson of Tauriel/Evangeline Lily, Legolas/Orlando Bloom, and Thranduil/Lee Pace watching the Happy Hobbit video of the two girls reacting to the trailer.
It looked like the actors really enjoyed these two fans’ reactions to the DofS trailer. And it was delightful of Sir Peter to make this “response” video and engage with The Hobbit trilogy fans. Here is that video link from Sir Peter:
June 13, 2013–TORN shares thoughts about the writing credits on “The Desolation of Smaug”:
June 14, 2013–RANet (www.RichardArmitageNet.com) reported in their June 13th news that Warner Brothers released some hi-resolution images on their Hobbit website. The DofS trailer is also up on The Hobbit web site as well. See RANet’s newslink for details and links:
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Thank you for the information about the characters that we will see in the film (especially about those who are not in the book :))
And thank you very much for the link to my blog: *
Thanks for your nice note. And you’re welcome, on both counts.
Cheers! Grati ;->
My impression is that in this serie will be less Thorin Oakenshield. It is exactly what I don’t like: not beeing enough Thorin/RA…
You could very well be right. Until we know the separation point between the 2nd & 3rd films, we are merely speculating.
But I would think that there is a enough betrayal of the Dwarves and of Thorin–by various folk so as not to spoil it for those who don’t know–that film 2 should still be quite interesting from a Thorin/RA fan perspective. That is my hope. Ha!
Of course when film 3 rolls around, there will be no escaping the buckets of tears that I will shed. Again, I’m not saying why for folks who like to be surprised.
Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->
June 19, 2013–TORN (www.theonering.net) weighs in about “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” movie trailer:
June 20, 2013–TORN now gives us a “frame by frame” analysis of “The Desolation of Smaug” trailer–with hi-res caps
July 30, 2013
Welcome to the recent and large number of visitors from Poland!
I hope you enjoy my “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” trailer screen capture pictures.
Cheers! Grati ;->
And in Polish via Google Translate:
Witamy w ostatnim i duża liczba odwiedzających z Polski!
Mam nadzieję, że moje “The Hobbit: spustoszenie Smaug” zdjęcia na ekranie przyczepy przechwytywania.
Cheers! Grati; ->