Reviewed! – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer


Who would have thought back when The Fellowship of the Ring came out in cinemas, how popular and how far-reaching that movie series would become? Who would have thought that a movie based on a book written in the 50’s about elves, dwarves, magic rings and wizards would have struck such a chord with modern audiences? And, most of all, who would have ever expected that Peter Jackson could one day return to that world and adapt Tolkien’s earlier work, The Hobbit, into another trilogy of movies?

Certainly not me. And not you either (no fibbing)!

Let’s get down to the trailer, then. There was an early trailer released a while back for this movie, but it pales in comparison to this new one. What we’re greeted with here is shots of the band of dwarves who scoop up Bilbo for an epic treasure hunt, wise old Gandalf the Grey, some nice scenes of Rivendell and Elrond and tons of goblin/trollage.

The first thing that strikes me from watching this trailer is how different this trilogy is going to be from The Lord of the Rings. Where LOTR focused on the hopeless, desperate fight against Sauron, this movie looks like it’s centred on adventure, high jinks and mystery. It seems to have a great sense of humour, too; something LOTR also had in a poignant sort of way. Of course, you’d need the movie to have that humour, with a band of dwarves and a hobbit driving events.

Not just any hobbit, mind you. This one’s played by the fantastic Martin Freeman, well loved in the UK for his roles in The Office and Sherlock. This man has a natural talent for bringing warmth and a sense of reality to his characters. His face conveys every emotion known to man and he has a really likable “every man” kind of way about him. He’s going to do this character justice and it looks like he’s managed to still keep Ian Holm’s older Bilbo appearance from LOTR relevant and believable.

Now, onto the internet’s favourite Hobbit-related topic… Gollum returns! But wait, it’s not just the old CGI Gollum as you once knew him! This one’s… the precioussssss.

That’s right, Peter Jackson/WETA have ensured Gollum looks his absolute best for this movie, while not detracting from his LOTR look. Somehow, in this trailer, Gollum looks like more of a part of the world, rather than an obvious CGI creation. He has more detail in his face and seems to inherit even more personality from his real-world counterpart, Andy Serkis, who is in my view a fantastic actor. What’s more, we’re going to encounter Gollum just as Bilbo originally did and witness him within his own domain, rather than lost and worn down in the harsh world of LOTR.

With great things promised for this series, including the fantastic Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug (who should naturally play off Martin Freeman), the Battle of Five Armies and expanded storylines following Gandalf and Legolas facing off against the Necromancer (A.K.A. Sauron Mk.I), this promises to be an unmissable trilogy of movies.

Now, if they can just develop a tie-in video game of the quality of the highly addictive Return of the King, I’ll be a very happy bunny.

Watch the full trailer on Youtube here.

Have you seen the new trailer yet? Let us know what you thought!

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6 thoughts on “Reviewed! – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

  1. tmso 20-Sep-2012 / 16:24

    I haven’t seen the trailer. I will savor it at home later today. I don’t have a TV so I rely on my blogging friends to tell me about these things. Thanks for posting!

  2. Lauraducky 20-Sep-2012 / 21:56

    I am so excited for this movie. I watched all the production videos on the hobbit app. Bombur (the fat dwarf) has a particularly comical appearance.

  3. Lauraducky 21-Sep-2012 / 10:54

    Oh, just a side note: they’re bringing out Lego Lord of the Rings as a game, with (for the first time ever) talking legos! They’ve taken audio straight from the films. The lego games that they make are just getting better and better.

    I love Martin Freeman. He made a wonderful Watson, and I have high hopes for his portrayal of Bilbo.

  4. debyfredericks 21-Sep-2012 / 13:48

    Who would think Tolkein’s epic books could be epic movies? I did. How could they NOT make an epic trilogy? Did I think Peter Jackson would return to Tolkein’s Middle Earth at some point? Sure, if the deal was right. Jackson seems to have a real interest in great classic stories — his next thing after Lord of the Rings was King Kong, after all. Still, Lord of the Rings was a career-maker for him. Why would he NOT direct more Tolkein movies?

    But did you say The Hobbit will be another trilogy? That, I would not expect.

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