Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Trailer Analysis: An Adventure To An Epic In The Full Preview of The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug

And so the adventure continues. With The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arriving in theaters in 2 months, a new trailer was all but inevitable. Sure enough, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that the full trailer would be on the web by today, and  here it is. So what can we take away from this new preview. Plenty actually; and that's why The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug is getting a trailer analysis. 

A Darker Tone
Where An Unexpected Journey had an atmosphere riddled in adventure, The Desolation of Smaug seems to be taking a different approach. Oh sure, the adventure is still there, but you can tell the swash-buckling tone has been replaced with an epic magnitude. It shows that the stakes are higher and that the quest has reached monumental proportions.

As most know, everyone's favorite pointy-ear archer, Legolas, has been set to return in The Hobbit Trilogy. The first trailer to The Desolation of Smaug featured the iconic elf, as well as The Elvenking Thranduil and Tauriel, a female elf. The new trailer doesn't feature the Wood Elves as much, but it does tell us that the character of Legolas will be explored. We see  Tauriel will play as a love interest for Legolas; and her character might help to shape Legolas' direction in The Lord of the Rings.

Evil's Afoot!

In An Unexpected Journey, the return of Sauron was hinted in the rise of the necromancer; and in this upcoming film, it seems that story will be in full motion. It has been confirmed that he Necromancer will play interrogate part in the return of Sauron, but thanks to the trailer, we will be getting more then just exposition. While the shot is quick, the eye of Sauron makes an appearance in this trailer; which means that it could make an appearance in the film. Though Sauron is present  in The Desolation of Smaug, what I'm wondering about is what will see of the Dark Lord when the third film, There And Back Again, hits theaters; and speaking of Sauron...

The Ring
The Ring was featured in the new trailer as well; but what made it interesting is how it was presented. Just by looking at this shot, it seems that the rings is forming influence on Bilbo. While the ring's power won't be as strong like it is in The Lord of the Rings, it is possible that we might see some hints of Bilbo's future infatuation. We'll see.

Bard the Bowman
The new trailer shows us more of lake town; but more importantly, we get to see more of Bard the Bowman. While his appearance is brief in this trailer and he says the same thing twice, it was cool to see him the preview. It shows that he will be playing a big part in the film and I hope to see what in store for the resident of Lake Town.

Thorin's Obession

Perhaps the most theme based in the trailer, the new preview featured the conflict of Thorin Oakenshield. Much like the ring will do to Bilbo, it seems that Thorin's obsession to reclaim Erebor is getting the better of him. It looks as though nothing is going to stop him reclaiming his kingdom; and those obstacles may include Bilbo.  The theme of blind ambition was shown in many ways in this trailer, but none were as strong as seeing this element in the character of Thorin.


 "Truly the tales and songs fall utterly short of your enormousy; Oh Smag, the Stupendous". 

You're right there Mr.Baggins. The great dragon does not appear til end of the trailer, but he is indeed the biggest highlight. While the film does its best to hide the dragon, the thing that really captures the Smaug's presence is his voice. Granted the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch is altered,  but that doesn't stop the execution from being impressive. While Smaug doesn't have a lot of dialogue in the story, I'm sure what he has to say will not be forgotten. 

The Desolation of Smaug is only two months away, and this trailer has only up the anticipation. Just by watching thepreview, you can tell the adventure is only going to be intensified, which could lead to one epic film. Let's hope that The Desolation of Smaug is another great entry to Peter Jackson's Fantasy Franchise; and here's hoping that we see the trailer this weekend with Gravity.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters December 13th.