Okay ladies and gentlemen, the trailer for Desolation of Smaug is finally out there where we can all see it to our hearts content. Needless to say, the trailer was well-received by fans during the showing of Man of Steel and people have come to wonder whether people have come to see the latest installment of the Superman franchise or just came to catch a glimpse of Desolation of Smaug. While it’s a good six months yet before Desolation of Smaug finally hits theaters, the anticipation for the film is palpable among moviegoers around the world.
First off, we have Legolas. Apparently Orlando Bloom has returned to reprise the role of the elf prince that captured the hearts of so many lady folk around the world. Well, the return of the character has received a bit of criticism as the addition of the character to the film seems to be another of Peter Jackson’s original ideas as the character is absent in the original novel The Hobbit. On the other hand, some welcome the character as just another way that Peter Jackson is making use of his artistic license and that the character has always been part of Middle Earth for those who have seen the films and it simply can’t be the same without him. Based on his dialogue with another elf character Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly (which is another hotly debated character in the film franchise), Legolas seemingly begins as a kind of jerk not caring about the troubles of the world until convinced otherwise.
Then we have Beorn, the enormous shape-shifting man played by Mikael Persbrandt. So far, the trailer only shows him poking his massive bear nose through a door but it is certainly enough to send chills down one’s spine. The huge nose and teeth certainly does remind one how dangerous bears can be and is certainly a far cry from the plush toy that we’re normally familiar with.
Finally we have Smaug, the character everyone seems to have been waiting for. A great and mighty dragon possessed of a brutal cunning and intellect. Peter Jackson made no mistake in choosing Benedict Cumberbatch as the Wicked Wyrm as few actors possess the same mellifluous and utterly mysterious personality that Benedict Cumberbatch can put onto the screen (perhaps is also what earned him his roles as John Harrison of Star Trek: Into Darkness and Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock). It’s all too bad however that the dragon does not get to speak. Oh well, Desolation of Smaug is still a few months off, and I’m sure we’ll be in for more exciting trailers to come featuring the Wicked Wyrm.