After a welcome return to Middle Earth in last year’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, Peter Jackson is back with Bilbo Baggins and the Elves’ adventures in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’.
The trailer looks set to impress us with its sets and special effects, showing us how Bilbo and the dwarves try and capture their treasure from the dragon, but will it be better than lengthy and tiring ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’?
The trailer starts off with an ominous warning from Thranduil played by Lee Pace, the Elvenking who in the books captures Bilbo and the dwarves. We then see dwarves in barrels thrown into a river, which is an iconic scene in the books and will surely be a sequence to look out for in the movie. Legolas (Orlando Bloom) returns after his appearance in ‘The Lord Of The Rings’, and we also get an appearance from Tauriel and Bard The Bowman. Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) look set to fight a lot with swords alongside the dwarves who only seem to be frightened, chased and fighting orcs and goblins throughout the trailer.
With the proclamation by Balin that what the tremors they felt was not an earthquake but a dragon, we are introduced to the dragon Smaug, which has been voiced and motion-captured by Martin Freeman’s ‘Sherlock’ co-star Benedict Cumberbatch.
It looks like we are in for a whirlwind of a ride yet again, this time as the dwarves look for their treasure in the Lonely Mountain. The special effects and the sets, though, look cartoonish, which in turn makes us nostalgic for the realistic and model-reliant look of the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ films. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ also releases in 48 frames per second (fps) like the previous film in the trilogy.
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ is just the second part in this trilogy with ‘The Hobbit: There And Back Again’ coming out in 2014 which will stage the Battle of the Five Armies.
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ releases worldwide on 13 December 2013, and in India in the same month.