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?