There are so many directions one could take an introduction to the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
The obvious one would be to rail once again against Peter Jackson‘s (and the studio’s) at least partially greed-based decision to split a 350+ page book into three movies. Or we could simply remind people how underwhelming and dull the first film, An Unexpected Journey, actually was. Or we could make a joke about Smaug the dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) actually being John Harrison. Or maybe we could find some thematic connections between Jackson and Smaug… both big, lonely creatures sitting atop mountains of gold earned off the efforts of so many others.
But instead, we’re just going to acknowledge that The Desolation of Smaug looks to be a far more exciting ride than the first film, and that combined with Evangeline Lilly‘s elfen beauty may just be enough to make this one a must-see. Check out the first trailer below.
Seriously. Evangeline Lilly am I right?
Smaug’s reveal feels a bit meh in a world that’s seen D-Wars, but for many people that’s the money shot they’ve been waiting for. The film also looks to have crammed in as many action sequences as possible, and after the snoozefest of a first film that can’t be a bad thing. Sure small events from the book have had to be expanded and energized to fill more screentime (and executive pockets), but that’s forgivable if the end result is a fun time at the movies.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters December 13, 2013.