Darker Desolation of Smaug Trailer is the Best This Film has Looked

I don’t want anyone to get the wrong impression here, I did enjoy the first Hobbit movie.  It wasn’t a great film, however, and was lacking something.  While enjoyable, I never felt the same sense of awe that I did with The Lord of the Rings.  Thanks to this brand new trailer for Desloation of Smaug, however, I think I’ve figured it out. 

It’s the sense of impending doom.  An Unexpected Journey, while featuring a few actiony moments, lacked any real sense of tension.  There wasn’t a feeling that the world was about to fall apart or even that they might fail.  The Lord of the Rings worked incredibly well because the odds were always stacked against our heroes, and their journey constantly in peril/doubt.  An Unexpected Journey had none of that, but it looks like that’ll change completely when it comes to Desolation.

While I’ve been generally excited for the next Hobbit movie, I wasn’t over-the-top or anything, because I assumed it’d be much like the first (enjoyable but less than amazing).  Now, however, I’m starting to feel like this migh be one of the better films of the year.  This trailer was amazing, and I wish we had gotten it far earlier than we did.  Oh well, better late than never!

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood.  After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all—a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself—the Dragon Smaug.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug releases on December 13th.  What do you guys think of this latest trailer? 


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