THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY trailer is up. We need to watch it about 39 more times before we can really render judgement, but Empire has a nice breakdown, including this guide to the dwarves, and already some “how they did it” info.
The tone is pure LORD OF THE RINGS, none of this kid’s tale stuff. And obviously the story is going to borrow liberally from the appendices — Dol Gulder! Galadriel and Gandalf (The White Council!) The shards of Narsil!
If they are going with the White Council, maybe we’ll get some Imrahil and Cirdan action?
Speaking of action, some are surprised the dwarves look so young. It is a BIT of a different take, but not necessarily one against Tolkien’s intention—and takes the dwarves a bit out of the comedy role into which they are usually put. By that token, it’s interesting that Balin looks so old. Maybe after THE HOBBIT, Jackson can make a horror film called “The Mines of Moria” about the abortive colonization attempt in T.A. 2994.
Also Peter Jackson and Co. clearly knew that the slash faction based on the making of video alone is worth millions here. Just the way Richard Armitage’s Thorin says “fate” gave us chills.
Bottom line: we sense Bofur as the breakout dwarf. He looks equally at home in the halls of the Iron Mountains and filling up his Growler with Goose Island down at the Duane Reade on Bedford.
And Martin Freeman: thumbs up.
While the squees of glee among Tolkienistas at the trailer’s appearance could be heard all the way to the sea of Rhûn, some viewers were underwhelmed. We admit, that Lemmiwinks song did not help matters. Singing is a big part of the original, but the tunes from the Rankin Bass version may have ruined the idea of jolly hobbit songs in a serious epic. We’ll have to see how this plays out.
Short version: I HAVE TO STAY ALIVE UNTIL DECEMBER 2012.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.