Exactly ten years ago from the day before yesterday, the United States was introduced to Peter Jackson’s visionary experience known as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring that begun an epic trilogy come to life only envisioned in dreams. Almost one year from now, Peter Jackson will bring to the big-screen the story that started it all, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. A very enriching and beautiful trailer has just hit the Internet and it feels like we are being revisited by an old friend.
It’s as if Peter Jackson has not skipped a beat with The Hobbit, he is back in full-form tackling another adventure through Middle-earth as if he never left. From the looks of this trailer we are guaranteed another immense and fulfilling tale of hobbits, wizards, dwarves, and elves.
After witnessing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows split up into two parts, I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I will enjoy The Hobbit split up too. An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again is being shot back-to-back and released a year apart from each other like The Lord of the Rings trilogy was, but again, splitting one story into two parts bothers me.
Deathly Hallows did not work as a complete whole being split apart like it was – due to the directing job of David Yates who I really liked but fell short in delivering a full film for both parts 1 & 2 – but unfortunately it was necessary because of the mammoth amount of plot that was injected into the last book. The Hobbit is a different case, there isn’t exactly mind-blowing intense plot and the book isn’t too long, so why are they splitting up the story?
On one hand, the studios obviously want to milk it for all it’s worth, but on the other hand, a film that is so crammed full of plot could potentially hurt a grand franchise. I’m pretty sure it could work, and in all honesty I’d rather have one long 3.5-4 hour movie than two long movies, but if Peter Jackson can prove he’s got what it takes by making sure that each film feels like a separate entity rather than having the weight of each movie dependent on the other, unlike Deathly Hallows, than he has my full trust and attention.
Take a gander at the first incredible trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:
REE-DIK-YOO-LUSS. This trailer is the perfect beginning to what will surely be perhaps one of shining moments of 2012. (Who got chills when the dwarves together sang “Misty Mountains”?)
Jackson has also introduced some of his own flare and writing prowess into this piece by adding Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) who was seen in the LOTR trilogy, but not actually in the original tale of The Hobbit. Additionally, it appears we will see where Gandalf (Ian McKellen) goes while Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the dwarves go on their own path to The Lonely Mountain – who is Gandalf fighting?!
The end of the trailer was just spectacular too. After what was done in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, cinephiles and diehard LOTR fans will probably be most looking forward to the return of Gollum (Andy Serkis).
Take a look at some of the screenshots I nabbed from the trailer (click to enlarge the images):
A full plot synopsis via Apple Trailers:
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
You may now partake in the viewing of the first teaser poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (click to enlarge the image):
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson, will appear in theaters next year, December 14, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage.