Back in June, Peter Jackson unleashed the teaser trailer to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug upon the world. And, due to the fact that the teaser was for Jackson’s wildly over-expanded second entry in his The Hobbit trilogy, the teaser itself was huge, crossing the two-minute mark and more or less serving as a full trailer. And it also marked the first live-action look at Smaug himself, the titular greedy dragon. And it did not look good.
Frankly, Smaug looked fairly cartoonish (we here at ScreenCrave expect our gold-obsessed dragons to look real, damn it). So, it makes sense that Jackson would dial things back a bit for the full trailer, preferring to give audiences a chance to hear Benedict Cumberbatch’s (who is taking a break from playing every single character in every single blockbuster movie in the past year) voice as the dragon rather than giving us a complete look. Perhaps Smaug is being somewhat retooled? We can only hope. Check it out:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues to tale begun The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, except it’s expanding a story that could have fit into one film and stretching it across three very overlong excuses for Peter Jackson to tinker with various cinematic and technological techniques.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is set for a December 13th release date.
What do you think of the trailer?