“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – Trailer Review by Matt Marshall

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

by Matt Marshall

After seeing the teaser trailer this past June, countless Tolkien fans weren’t satisfied with just a glimpse of the dragon Smaug. After all, who wouldn’t want to hear Benedict Cumberbatch’s distinctive voice emerging from the fire-breathing terror under the mountain? But rest assured, hearing Smaug speak for the first time is just the first of many new goodies in the latest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which debuted online Tuesday morning.

Like the teaser, this new trailer covers its bases from start to finish, making it clear what will be in The Desolation of Smaug and what will be saved for the final chapter due out December 2014. Being the middle chapter of the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug has no distinctive beginning nor conclusion, rather moves the quest towards Erebor step by step. So don’t be shocked by yet another “To Be Continued” after nearly three hours of progression.

Tensions are at an all-time high as Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) spews off with Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) stating there will never be a “King under the mountain” nor Thorin and his company having any right entering the mountain. Near the end of the trailer, Thorin backtracks his respect for Bilbo (Martin Freeman) from the end of An Unexpected Journey, telling his dwarf company that he will not risk the quest for one hobbit.

The trailer weaves in additional information about Gandalf’s (Ian McKellen) Dol Guldur subplot and a potential romance between wood elves Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). Noticeably missing this time around is Radagast the Brown, who joined Gandalf for some wizard reconnaissance in the teaser. No big loss, but it still begs the question why Gandalf is alone in these new shots.

Desolation of Smaug retains much of the visual clarity from An Unexpected Journey, which doesn’t succeed at  fully disguising the green screen shots. However with little over two months to go, director Peter Jackson will be tinkering with the film until the 11th hour.

While not drastically different from the teaser, the theatrical trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug drives the journey down much darker roads than the previous film, yet retaining a few moments of whimsical fantasy. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arrives in theaters December 13.


Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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