Bettys! The first trailer for the next installment of The Hobbit is out! This is SUPER exciting—and if the trailer is anything to go by, we’re in for a rollicking good time when the movie finally hits cinemas in December. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will see the return of fan favorites like Orlando Bloom’s Legolas (in his pre-Lord of the Rings days back in Mirkwood, of course), as well as introduce us to new ones like his dad, Thranduil (Pushing Daisies’ Lee Pace), Evangeline Lilly’s brand-new character, Tauriel, and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman. Check it out!
Looks fun, no? There are loads of things to look forward to, including the dwarves’ trip to Mirkwood, their daring escape down the river, and more. And my goodness, but is Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch, doing both the dragon’s voice and motion capture) enormous or what?
Although it got a tiny bit slammed, I enjoyed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I reread the book in preparation for the movie last winter (good nerd that I am), and although initially I was skeptical about Jackson’s decision to divide it into three movies, it made sense. The thing that the first third of the book suffers from is that unlike the second and last thirds, it doesn’t have one huge defining event—or rather, it does, but it isn’t on the same epic scale. Consider: The second third has Smaug… The last third has the Battle of the Five Armies… and the first third, in comparison, has Riddles in the Dark. Riddles in the Dark is FABULOUS, and Jackson and his team got it pretty much exactly right in the movie—but a riddle game (even one with Gollum) just isn’t on the same scale as a fight with a dragon. But in any event, I’m pretty convinced that it would have been next to impossible to cover Smaug, AND the Battle of the Five Armies, AND the whole first third of the book in two movies without each one being five hours long. As such, I’m kind of fine with the whole three-movie deal.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug certainly looks like it’s going to be action-packed, and I can’t wait. What about you, Bettys?
Tell us: Will you be seeing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this winter?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.