Earlier this afternoon, I was not writing. I was procrastinating by listening to music on YouTube. “What should I post today?” I wondered… just as I noticed that The Desolation of Smaug trailer had been released today. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! Sorry. I’ve looked forward to the trailer and the film since I walked out of the theater after seeing An Unexpected Journey. If the video won’t load, here’s the link.
Warning: Spoilers ahead, so read/watch at your own risk!
0:04 – Erebor is so pretty! I wonder where the real mountain is. (Presumably somewhere in New Zealand, as everything else was filmed there…)
0:11 – I want to marry the scenery. Just saying.
0:20 – I thought Elrond was narrating and I couldn’t figure out why, since there’s no real reason for him to be the next two films. But it’s Thranduil…
0:22 – …and I’m really looking forward to this scene between he and Thorin. The dwarf is so snarky in the books. “What were you doing in the forest?” “Looking for food.” “Why were you looking for food?” “Because we’re starving.”
0:23 – This music had better make it into the score.
0:24 – THE BARRELS! Sorry, I know I must seem crazy to people who aren’t Middle-earth fans. But after Riddles In The Dark (introduction of Gollum), this is my favorite: the dwarves escape from the elves’ dungeons by hiding in barrels due to be sent down the river. It’s a goofy scene and I love it.
0:24 – I don’t remember this scene, but I feel like I should. Does Bilbo ever sit in a tree while butterflies flutter by?
0:30 – I am so confused. The dwarves are escaping in barrels, but elves are shooting arrows at them. I didn’t think they noticed the dwarves at all in the book (because they were so drunk from partying, yo).
0:34 – If you go with me to see Desolation of Smaug and you grab me during this scary scene with the gigantic Mirkwood spiders, I will shriek. And then hit you.
0:34 – Oh dear, Legolas or “Captain Obvious”.
0:39 – Split-second shot of a bear – is that Beorn?
0:44 – Apparently Laketown looks just like Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. Who knew?
0:48 – Some Tolkien purists don’t like that Peter Jackson added Tauriel the elf so there’d be a female character. I don’t mind, though. She seems cool, maybe a bit like Éowyn. The only thing I’m worried about is this rumor that she might be a love interest for one of the dwarves. I guess I don’t mind if she is, but I don’t want that to be all she is. I also think it will make the movie a little weird because The Hobbit is a children’s fantasy/adventure story, not romance.
0:50 – The scene where Bilbo slides into the gold-filled lair of Smaug didn’t particularly capture me in the book – but this is what I love about film adaptations. They show the majesty and beauty that was hard to imagine before. Just look at those piles of gold…
1:03 – Gosh, Thranduil, pluck your eyebrows. Really.
1:09 – I don’t like this subplot with Azog the Orc. I realize that it is canon (check the Appendices of Lord of the Rings) but it wasn’t in The Hobbit and it just makes the story confusing. I understand why they added the subplot with the Necromancer, because he’s Sauron. He is actually important later. Azog isn’t. Oh, I just had a horrible thought – what if he kills Thorin?
1:18 – Raise your hand if you imagined Bard as a dumpy, middle-aged guy instead of the handsome cross between Legolas and Éomer that he apparently is. Yeah. I thought so.
1:30 – Nothing especially great is happening now, so I’ll use the time to ask if anyone knows what mountain was used for Erebor.
1:38 – SANTA! I mean, BALIN!
1:48 – Finally, Smaug! I hope they make him more of a character than he was in the book. See, Tolkien is generally awesome but he has a few small problems, one of which is characterization. The Hobbit doesn’t go into detail for anyone besides Bilbo, Gandalf, and Thorin. Even then I think including Gandalf and Thorin is a bit of a stretch. Tolkien makes such a big deal about Smaug but when Bilbo actually meets him, it’s… not that interesting.
1:56 – What, we aren’t going to get to hear him speak yet? I’m going to have a sad.
2:02 – I still don’t know where Erebor was filmed, but I found this neat link showing where other places were shot.
I love this trailer, but I think I loved the one for An Unexpected Journey more. Maybe that’s because it was the first of The Hobbit trilogy. Maybe it was because we saw Gollum – I wish he’d been in this trailer but there’s honestly no reason he should be. I don’t think he leaves his cave until a few years after the events of The Hobbit, if I remember the Appendices’ timeline correctly. Oh, well. I also wish we’d seen more of Tauriel, Gandalf, Thorin, and Mirkwood, but you can’t have everything.
What do you think about the trailer for The Desolation of Smaug? Are you a Tolkien nerd who will see the film on opening day?