Guys, it’s here. It’s finally here. The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has premiered, and as someone who saw The Lord of the Rings far too many times in the theaters as a 12-year-old, this is like Christmas. If you’ve lost track of just how many installments of this adaptation there are, allow me to remind you that this is the second movie of three (until they add a fourth or fifth, who knows), and it’ll be out on December 13, 2013. It follows Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves as they continue their adventure to reclaim Erebor from the dragon Smaug.
There was some speculation about just how much would be revealed in this trailer. Some people thought Smaug the dragon should be kept a secret until the movie’s premiere, much like Gollum was kept pretty mysterious before the premiere of The Two Towers back in 2002. We only get a brief glimpse of Smaug in this trailer, and it’s only his head, but it’s still more than I expected them to show. And sorry, Cumberbitches, but we don’t hear Benedict Cumberbatch doing his voice just yet.
We also get glimpses of new (and old) characters like Tauriel the elf, who is played by Evangeline Lilly and is not in the book. I’m all for more female characters, so huzzah! You’ll also be able to reunite with your early-2000s crush Orlando Bloom as he returns as Legolas, complete with weird Benjamin Button anti-aging CGI.
Speaking of CGI, I’m not loving that there’s so much of it in the trailer, and in these movies as a whole. One of my favorite parts of The Lord of the Rings movies was that, Gollum aside, Peter Jackson and company really experimented with how to create Tolkien’s Middle-earth using more realistic methods like makeup and forced perspective tricks, etc. When I see the characters leaping around and fighting here, they look like they’re in a video game, and Smaug kind of reminds me of that dragon in Shrek that falls in love with Donkey. I really hate to say that, but it’s true. Okay, nerd rant over.
Let’s face it, though. I’m still gonna see this movie as soon as it comes out, because even if this trilogy isn’t as great as LOTR, it’s still great.
By the way, it’s been reported that you can see the trailer ahead of Man of Steel this weekend.